Dolph Lundgren joins the cast of Aquaman

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Apr 13, 2017, 9:10 AM EDT

The veteran action star and Arrow baddie is aiming to give Jason Momoa's king of Atlantis a serious beatdown.

That's the word from the Hollywood Reporter, which confirmed that Swedish actor and human mountain Dolph Lundgren has signed up to play King Nereus in the upcoming feature film Aquaman.

Nereus -- in the comics and apparently in the movie -- is the ruler of the underwater extra-dimensional realm of Xebel, where Aquaman's great love Mera (Amber Heard) originally hails from. Mera was once involved with Nereus, however, and he wants her back -- even if he has to kill Aquaman to get her.

The character was created by Geoff Johns and introduced fairly recently in the "New 52," making his debut in Aquaman #19 in 2013. Nereus is the third villain to be confirmed for the movie, which is already loaded up with Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen) and Ocean Master (Patrick Wilson), although the latter may not quite be a bad guy yet.


As for Lundgren, he made his screen debut in the 1985 James Bond adventure A View to a Kill but became a star with his turn as the merciless Russian boxer Ivan Drago in that same year's Rocky IV. From that point on, he became permanently associated with the action genre, playing He-Man in Masters of the Universe (1987) and starring in films like Red Scorpion (1988), I Come in Peace (1990), Universal Soldier (1992) and many more, several of which have gone direct to video.

Lundgren began a career renaissance in 2010 when he signed on for Sylvester Stallone’s action team-up, The Expendables, appearing in its two sequels as well. And while he was the original big-screen Frank Castle in 1989's The Punisher, he was re-introduced not long ago to comic book fans as the DC villain Konstantin Kovar on The CW's Arrow.

Now he'll go head to head with Jason Momoa's Aquaman and we can only hope the two get a hell of a fight scene together. James Wan is directing the picture, which starts production in Australia next month, with a December 21, 2018 release on the schedule.

Are you thrilled to see the legendary Dolph Lundgren taking the plunge with Aquaman?