News Briefs: Dolph Lundgren Joins ‘Aquaman’

The Expendables 3

Aquaman: Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables 3, above) has joined the cast of Aquaman, which is led by Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson and Willem Dafoe. Lundgren will play the villainous King Nereus, ruler of a competing kingdom, who wants to kill Aquaman. James Wan is directing; the movie is scheduled to start production in May, aiming for release on December 21, 2018. [THR]

Yup, luv the character. Bout 10yrs ago I went after the role, but Cruise got it. Was great motivation for me to always stay hungry.

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 12, 2017

Jack Reacher: Dwayne Johnson (below in 2007) says that he wanted to play Jack Reacher in the movie adaptation of Lee Child’s book series about 10 years ago “but [Tom] Cruise got it. Was great motivation for me to always stay hungry.” Standing six feet, five inches tall, Johnson fits Child’s physical description of the character. Cruise’s production company optioned the rights in 2005, though Cruise, who stands five feet, seven inches tall, wasn’t attached to star until 2011. [Twitter]

Dwayne Johnson / Jack Reacher

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Mortal Engines: Hugo Weaving has joined the cast of Mortal Engines, reuniting with Peter Jackson (above with Weaving on the set of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), who is cowriting the script and producing. It’s based on Philip Reeves’ fantasy novel, the first in a four-book series set in a far-distant future when cities “roam the globe on huge wheels” and battle each other for the planet’s diminishing resources. To be directed by Christian Rivers, the movie is slated for release on December 14, 2018. [Variety]

Transformers: The Last Knight

Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer: Anthony Hopkins’ voice lends gravitas to a dynamic new trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight, which suggests that the emphasis will be on the apocalyptic drama, accompanied by Michael Bay’s usual wizardry with action sequences. Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock and young Isabela Moner are also featured; the movie opens in theaters on June 23. [Movieclips]