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‘The Get Down’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Is Ready To Seek Vengeance As ‘Aquaman’s Greatest Adversary

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is about to slide his way through the ’70s-set disco drama The Get Down, into the wave-filled waters of DC Comics’ Aquaman.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been raising hell and breaking knee caps and the soulful but angry club owner Clarence “Cadillac” Caldwell on Netflix’s most vibrant musical drama, but his career is about to take an entirely different path. Yesterday, Abdul-Mateen jumped on Twitter to confirm some major news. He’s been cast as the villainous Black Manta opposite Jason Momoa in Aquaman.

Though the majority of the cast for the highly-anticipated film has been announced already, Abdul-Mateen’s casting has been kept super hush-hush until now. After all, Aquaman’s most notable and formidable foe has never appeared onscreen before.

Black Manta first arrived in the DC Comics back in 1967. As a boy, he was kidnapped and forced to work on a ship where he was sexually abused by his captors. At one point, he saw Aquaman with his dolphin friends and tried to signal him for help, but Aquaman took no notice of him. After killing one of his tormentors, Black Manta began plotting his revenge against the sea and Aquaman.

Apparently, the 30-year old actor was just one of the actors who was being seriously considered for the role. Moonlight‘s Trevante Rhodes and 24: Legacy star Corey Hawkins were also in the running. But obviously, Abdul-Mateen had exactly what DC was looking for.

We’ll see Momoa’s Aquaman on the big screen for the first time in the forthcoming Justice League next fall. However, according to Variety, the standalone film, will follow the titular character who is caught between a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and the undersea Atlanteans, who are ready to lash out in revolt.

Until he makes his debut as Black Manta, you can catch Yahya Abdul-Mateen II on The Get Down and in Baywatch which will hit theaters May 25, 2017.

Aquaman will swim into theaters December 21, 2018.