Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Get Down) is in final talks to play the villainous Black Manta for the new Aquaman movie starring Jason Momoa in the titular role, Amber Heard as Mera, and Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master.
Via THR: The actor has nabbed the part of Black Manta, one of the DC Comics villains. Director James Wan and the studio have been meeting with numerous actors for the part over the past two weeks, settling on Abdul-Mateen over the weekend. The official offer went out on Monday and the parties are now in talks.
If a deal is made, Abdul-Mateen will suit up as Manta, who first appeared in a DC comic in 1967 and stood out due to his unique battle-costume, trident and deadly schemes.
Aquaman opens in theaters 10/05/18