Yesterday, we learned that action star Dolph Lundgren will take on the role of King Nereus of the aquatic kingdom of Xebel. He first appeared in Aquaman issue # 19 during the Death of a King arc back in 2013.
Nereus is an exiled Atlantean and leader of the Xebel’s colony, he wields a Xebelian spear as a standard weapon and has many of the same abilities as Aquaman. Like all Atlanteans, Nereus possesses superhuman strength, durability and can adapt to the conditions underwater. He also has the ability to control water, similar to Queen Mera.
Mera was to be married to Nereus and was once a part of the Xebels. She was sent to kill Aquaman but fell in love and married him instead. Mera would later find herself face to face with Nereus where they engaged in battle.
Later, in the Rise of the Seven Seas arc, Nereus offers to team up with Aquaman’s half-brother, Orm the Ocean Master, on his quest for domination. This could very well be the reason for his appearance in the movie.
Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Aquaman’s brother, Orm/Ocean Master, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, the mother of Aquaman, Termurea Morrison as Aquaman’s father, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta and Willem Dafoe as Vulko.
Aquaman is scheduled to release in theaters December 21, 2018!