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WATCH: Legacy and Destiny Collide in Final ‘Aquaman’ Trailer

A magical trident holds the key for half human, half Atlantean Arthur Curry to unite the worlds of above and below in Warner Bros’ epic undersea action-adventure.   

Warner has just released the final Aquaman trailer, packed with an array of stunning designs and visual effects wizardry that promises a film unlike any underwater spectacle you've ever seen before! We finally see glimpses of our hero, half human, half Atlantean Arthur Curry’s origin story, from swaddled infant to snarky browed-Jason Momoa in full-suited splendor. All our swim coaches should be as cool as Willem Dafoe! Mine just made me swim laps while he smoked cigarettes and read Ayn Rand books.

Director James Wan has delivered an action-packed adventure that spans every reef and sand bar of the vast, visually breathtaking world of the seven seas. Our reluctant hero Curry must not only face who he really is, and the destiny that awaits him, but understand the powerful legacy of his people and discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.

The film is set to hit theaters on December 21, 2018, in 3D and 2D and IMAX, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

In addition to Momoa, the film also stars Amber Heard (Justice League, Magic Mike XXL) as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Dafoe (Platoon, Spider-Man 2) as Vulko, council to the Atlantean throne; Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring films, Watchmen) as Orm/Ocean Master, the present King of Atlantis; Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables films) as Nereus, King of the Atlantean tribe Xebel; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Netflix’s The Get Down) as the vengeful Black Manta; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Lion) as Arthur’s mom, Atlanna; as well as Ludi Lin (Power Rangers) as Captain Murk, Atlantean Commando; and Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Green Lantern) as Arthur’s dad, Tom Curry.

Wan directs from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (The Conjuring 2) and Will Beall (Gangster Squad, TV’s Training Day), story by Geoff Johns & Wan and Will Beall, based on characters created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger for DC.  The film is produced by Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada serving as executive producers.

Production VFX supervisors are Charles Gibson and Kelvin McIlwain, with ILM, MPC, Method Studios, Rodeo FX, Scanline VFX and Weta Digital handling the film’s visual effects production.

Wan’s team behind the scenes also includes such frequent collaborators as Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (The Conjuring 2, Forrest Gump), his five-time editor Kirk Morri (The Conjuring films, Furious 7, the Insidious films), and production designer Bill Brzeski (Furious 7).  They are joined by costume designer Kym Barrett (The Matrix trilogy, The Amazing Spider-Man) and composer Rupert Gregson-Williams (Wonder Woman).

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

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