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Willem Dafoe’s Absence and New Directions in Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom

Willem Dafoe's Absence and New Directions in Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom
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The trailer for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has created waves of excitement among fans. It showcased the return of beloved characters. There was one noticeable absence, that of Willem Dafoe’s Nuidis Vulko. Director James Wan has confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that Dafoe won’t be reprising his role in the upcoming sequel. Scheduling conflicts are to blame. 

Wan, who also directed the 2018 hit film, explained, “Willem is not in this one, no. Part of the reason was because his schedule did not work out for us.” 

In Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the character of Atlanna, played by Nicole Kidman, takes on a more prominent role. Wan elaborated on this, saying, “Atlanna in this one ultimately becomes Arthur’s advisor. Because Arthur’s not from this world, she helps him better understand the world and the politics of how things work.

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This narrative change may facilitate a deeper exploration of Arthur Curry’s (Jason Momoa) character. The first film ended with Arthur’s victory over his half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson). In the sequel, the two feuding siblings must set aside their differences to face a formidable adversary: Black Manta, portrayed by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

This new dynamic is sure to add depth and complexity to the storyline. Director James Wan summed up the sequel’s thematic shift, saying, “The first Aquaman was Arthur and Mera’s journey. The second movie was always going to be Arthur and Orm. So, the first was a romance action-adventure movie, the second one is a bromance action-adventure movie.”

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is set to have a fresh take on Arthur’s journey. There will be a focus on politics, alliances and challenges of leadership.

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