We’re learning more about the motives behind various characters in the upcoming Aquaman. Today we learned from Entertainment Weekly what the motive behind King Orm, played by Patrick Wilson, will be and what kind of villain he’s going to end up being.
“He’s kind of an eco-warrior,” Wilson says. “He’s got a very clear gripe with the surface world, which has been polluting his oceans for centuries. And that’s something for me — I’m sure for you too — that’s very easy to understand. If somebody was just constantly polluting our air and ruining how we lived …”
There are plenty of people who don’t live in the ocean who agree that we need to get our pollution under control. The fact that there is a literal island of plastic out there in the Pacific Ocean is disgusting and it seems like we’re seeing more and more stories of sea life dying and people finding mass amount of plastic in their stomachs.
Director James Wan has cast Wilson in a lot of his movies and says that he admires Wilson’s ability to vanish into a role.
“Patrick is such a talented actor and a chameleon as well, he can disappear into any role,” Wan tells us. “Orm’s got a soft spot for his brother who lives on the surface world and if anything just wants him to rule Atlantis and the world together, but his brother doesn’t see it that way. A lot of the clashes they have stem from their different upbringings. So I didn’t want to cast a typical villain actor.”
A good villain is a villain who thinks he’s the hero of the story. It’s sounding like King Orm is going to be one of those villains which is going to make Aquaman a much more compelling movie to watch.
Summary: Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world.
Aquaman will be directed by James Wan and stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, and Willem Dafoe. It will be released December 21st.