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Friday, 11 August 2017

James Wan Talks Complex Aquaman Shoot

Director James Wan is currently busy shooting Aquaman over in Australia. The highly anticipated DC Film stars Jason Momoa as the King Of Atlantis and marks the very first time that the DC character has gotten his very own big screen adventure.

The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Wan while he was being shuttled down to the movie set earlier this week and the director was more than game to discuss the process of shooting the film.

"It's a very technically challenging shoot to be on," Wan told the trade. "Working with water, and even the dry-for-wet sequences are very complex. … Our equivalent of two people sitting around chatting in the underwater world is super complicated. You have to think about CG with the hair, and how their clothing moves, how are they floating, what kind of rig we put them on and all that stuff. "

The director went on to stress that much of this challenge is a result of his commitment to shooting as much with the real actors as he can, skirting CGI wherever possible. "That just makes it very difficult and time-sucking and time-challenging to do all of this," he continued. "So it's not an easy shoot — but hopefully it will pay off in spades down the line." 

Wan also took some time to discuss casting action star Dolph Lundgren in the film.

Dolph Lundgren as  Konstantin Kovar on Arrow
"When I was in the process of writing this character [King Nereus] in the world of Aquaman, a friend of mine, [director] Mike Mendez, was working with him on one of his films, and Mike was just raving about how great Dolph was," said Wan. "And I thought 'Oh my god, Dolph would be great for this role as well!' So it kinda came about from that roundabout way."

"He's a really strong actor," Wan continued. "I don't think anyone gives him enough credit for how serious he actually takes his craft. He's taking it very seriously on this film."

Starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Kidman and Ludi Lin, Aquaman swims onto the big screen December 21st, 2018.

Source: THR Heat Vision 

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