Thor: Ragnarok wrapped filming at Village Roadshow Studios just a few weeks ago, and now another superhero is coming to the Gold Coast of Australia. A new report reveals that pre-production on Warner Bros.' Aquaman is starting later this month at the studio, which comes just a few weeks after Jason Momoa wrapped on Justice League, hitting theaters November 17, 2017. With pre-production commencing shortly, that could mean the production schedule has been moved up.
We reported in September that this highly-anticipated Aquaman movie will be shot at Leavesden Studios in the U.K., and on location in Australia, but that report didn't say where exactly in Australia the movie will be shot. Gold Coast Bulletin reports that pre-production will begin later this month after crew members finish taking down all of the sets used in Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok. This report claims that principal photography will now take place "early in the new year," but an exact production start date was not set.
It was recently confirmed that the iconic DC character Black Manta will be the main villain in Aquaman, although that character has yet to be cast. Michael K. Williams has since expressed interest in playing this character, but there's no word on whether or not he's even being considered. Whoever signs on will join Jason Momoa as the title character, along with Amber Heard's Mera and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, both of whom will be featured in next year's Justice League.
Director James Wan also recently teased that there will be adventure romance elements to Aquaman, comparing it to the 1984 Michael Douglas-Kathleen Turner blockbuster Romancing the Stone. The director says that the story starts out with Aquaman and Amber Heard's Mera "not quite clicking with each other," and that Mera is not someone you would want to "mess with." It remains to be seen how many more characters need to be cast as pre-production gets under way this month.
James Wan is directing Aquaman from a script by Will Beall, based on a story by James Wan and DC Films president Geoff Johns. Warner Bros. has set a July 27, 2018 release date for Aquaman, which puts it between The Flash (March 16, 2018) and Shazam (April 5, 2019). Hopefully we'll have some more updates on Aquaman as the pre-production process gets under way in Australia.