Warner Bros. was originally planning to start production on their highly-anticipated Aquaman in the Summer of 2017, with filming to take place in director James Wan's home country of Australia. While we don't have an exact production start date, a new report claims that the production will also shift to Italy next fall. The studio is planning a September 2017 production in Erice, on the Italian island of Sicily.
The Journal of Sicily reports that Erice mayor James Tranchida has authorized Warner Bros. to film some shots at the Castle of Venus. This news shouldn't come as a surprise to those who follow director James Wan on Instagram, since the filmmaker released a photo of himself riding in a boat off the Amalfi Coast back in September. Still, it hasn't been confirmed what will be shot at this castle quite yet.
This Italian report also includes some unconfirmed plot details, claiming that the story follows the "exiled king of the lost civilization of Atlantis, grew by dolphins and then adopted by a lighthouse keeper." Warner Bros. hasn't confirmed any plot details at this time, so it remains unclear how accurate these details truly are. Jason Momoa stars as the King of Atlantis, with Amber Heard playing his queen, Hera, and Willem Dafoe also starring as Nuidis Vulko. All three characters will first appear in Justice League, which has been set for release on November 17, 2017.
We reported earlier this month that Aquaman was getting a slightly-delayed release date, being pushed from July 27, 2018 to October 5, 2018. Just a few days later, the studio also pushed Justice League 2 out of its July 14, 2019 release date, to make room for Ben Affleck's The Batman reboot. It isn't known if the studio has any plans for Aquaman's previous release date of July 27, 2018, but it's possible that the just announced Gotham City Sirens starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn could take this date.
James Wan is directing Aquaman from a script by Will Beall, based on a story that James Wan created with DC Films president Geoff Johns. It was recently confirmed that the DC Comics character Black Manta will be the primary villain, although that character has not been cast yet. Michael K. Williams has expressed interest in the role, but it remains to be seen when the studio will make their final decision regarding this character. Take a look at James Wan's Instagram photo from September, to get a brief glimpse at where they may be filming.