Aquaman: Nicole Kidman to play Jason Momoa's mother Queen Atlanna
Nicole Kidman said she said yes to the offer of playing Queen Atlanna in Aquaman because she wanted to work with James Wan.
The 49-year-old star said the filmmaker is her good friend and she could not say no the offer of playing a mermaid warrior. "The reason why I love (Aquaman) is James Wan is an Australian, and I've followed his career since he started," Kidman said.
"He's a really good friend of mine, and he offered to let me play Queen Atlanna. As soon as he said I could wear mother-of-pearl and be a mermaid warrior, I said I'm done. Please. If there is one thing I have to do in my life, I have to be that. Because, you've got to have some fun," Kidman added.
Of course, Aquaman isn’t Kidman’s first role in a superhero/comic book movie.
She portrayed Dr. Chase Meridian, in Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever that debuted more than 20 years ago.
Considering the character was largely relegated to the role of damsel in distress as Bruce Wayne’s girlfriend, Kidman will get the chance to play a very different kind of comic book character in Wan’s Aquaman.
Though Atlanna’s character has changed throughout DC Comics’ reboots and event arcs, she has always been Aquaman’s mother and a member of the Atlantis royal family.
Aquaman stars Jason Momoa in the title role and is set to include a number of other DC Comics characters aside from those played by Kidman and Momoa, including Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, and Temuera Morrison as Arthur’s father.
(with inputs from agencies)