The cast of Aquaman are dipping their toes in the water, releasing their first, semi-official cast photo.
The tweeted image was sent by James Wan, who is heading the project. It features him at the first script reading with Jason Momoa, who is playing Arthur Curry (Aquaman); Amber Heard, who is playing his wife, Queen Mera; and Patrick Wilson, who is playing Prince Orm, Aquaman’s evil half-brother who also goes by the supervillain name Ocean Master.
The casual photo has the four with their arms around each other, seated at a low table with the scripts out.
Notably absent is Willem Defoe, who is set to play Vulko, another character in the film.
These four are the only actors firmly attached to the project, and it is not clear what other characters might be in the film. Rumors suggest that Aquaman’s other greatest nemesis, Black Manta, may be set to appear, but if so he has not been cast. It is also possible that the character was removed when the script underwent a rewrite last summer.
Aquaman faces an uphill battle (or perhaps a swim upstream?) It is part of the DC Extended Universe, the first three films of which (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad) have been polarizing at best, with complaints of an overly dark tone and confusing narratives.
If all goes as planned, Aquaman will be in theaters October 5, 2018.