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Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in talks to join 'Aquaman'

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Wade Sheridan
Nicole Kidman arrives for the the 23rd annual SAG Awards on January 29. Kidman may join Warner Bros. upcoming Aquaman alongside actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Nicole Kidman arrives for the the 23rd annual SAG Awards on January 29. Kidman may join Warner Bros. upcoming "Aquaman" alongside actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Nicole Kidman and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are being eyed to join Warner Bros. upcoming underwater epic, Aquaman.

The actress and The Get Down star are currently in early talks to join the film, noted The Hollywood Reporter.

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Kidman is being pursued to portray Aquaman's (Jason Momoa) Atlantis-based royal mother Atlanna, who falls for a lighthouse keeper thus making the titular hero half-human and half-Atlantean.

Abdul-Mateen would portray Aquman's signature antagonist Black Manta who uses a high-tech battle suit in order to fight underwater.

The pair would be joining a growing cast that includes Amber Heard as undersea queen Mera, Willem Dafoe as advisor Dr. Vulko and Patrick Wilson as Aquaman's half-brother Orm, also know as the villainous Ocean Master.

Directed by James Wan, Aquaman is set to begin production in April in Australia and is planned to arrive in theaters Oct. 5, 2018.

Aquaman would represent the second time Kidman has starred in a superhero film following 1995's Batman Forever.

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