Aquaman movie adds James Wan regular as villain

A familiar face will square up to Jason Momoa as Orm in Aquaman

We’ve all seen cases of directors returning to previous films to recruit cast members – not that we have a problem with this, as there’s generally a reason why they’re doing this. Now, a similar trick has been repeated by James Wan, who has cast Patrick Wilson (who he has previously worked with on the Insidious and The Conjuring films) as antagonist Orm in his upcoming feature-length Aquaman movie, according to a report on Deadline.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Orm (otherwise known as the Ocean Master, or sometimes Orm the Ocean Master) is the half-brother of Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman, and his frequent rival for the throne of Atlantis, with the two coming to blows many times as a consequence (usually with Curry coming out on top). We’ll expect the battlelines to be drawn once again in the movie.

Patrick Wilson in The Conjuring.

While his origins and powers have changed throughout the years depending on what character emerges after DC’s various retcons, generally he is presented as a human endowed with powers and/or armour that allows him to survive and fight underwater. Whether the film will retain these origins or simply present him as an Atlantean to save on confusion remains to be seen, but either way there is a fair amount to work with. As others have pointed out, his relationship with Aquaman is the closest thing there is to a Thor/Loki dynamic in the DC’s cinematic universe, so hopefully this will come across in the finished film.

Wilson joins a cast that already includes Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, and Willem Dafoe as Vulko, with James Wan directing from a script penned by Will Beall and Geoff Johns.

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