Patrick Wilson and James Wan are no strangers to each other after working on the very popular Conjuring series together. When they were working on The Conjuring 2, Wan mentioned to Wilson that he would like the actor to play Ocean Master in Aquaman. Wilson took no hesitation or long thought about it and gave a “yes” to the role. The issue with this? Patrick Wilson hadn’t even read the script and his agents weren’t too thrilled the star just jumped at the offer.
Wilson told the Hollywood Reporter: “I signed on before there was a script before there was anything…My agents were like, ‘Do you know what the role is?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, its this guy.’ I show them pictures. (They asked), ‘Is it a big part?’ I”m like, ‘Guys, he’s not going to waste my time. I know that.'”
Yahya Abdul-Marteen II, Who plays the role of Black Manta in Aquaman, had some demands for director James Wan and the studio right off the bat.
“I sat down at my audition and said, ‘I’m not going to have a beard’..I had The Get Down, I had Baywatch, I had The Vanishing of Sidney Hall. I had films where I had this afro and this beard. I just wanted the world to know there was another face and another guy under there.”
Aquaman hits theaters December 21st, 2018.