‘Justice League’: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Kristofer Hivju, Willem Dafoe Join Cast
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 at 11:00 am
Given the amount of news surrounding Justice League that is slowly being released, we are bound to get many juicy bits about the film which just started production a few short weeks ago. Earlier today the official plot synopsis was revealed, telling us that Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) are gathering the Metahumans, that were found on Lex Luthor’s (Jesse Eisenberg) computer, to fight a threat that has just been confirmed to be Steppenwolf – no casting announcement for that has been made as of yet.
But this isn’t the only thing that has come out of the set visit, held in London this past weekend. More casting and role confirmations are coming out as we speak. First, Game of Thrones‘ Kristofer Hivju will be playing an Ancient Atlantean King, and Willem Dafoe will be playing Vulko. All this focus on Atlantean characters has to do with the Mother Boxes that appeared in the deleted scene revealed earlier this year.
Hit the jump to find out how it all ties in together.
We’ll start with the casting news. Hivju who is better known for playing Tormund Giantsbane in Game of Thrones has been confirmed by IGN. According to them, the actor appeared “in concept art on the wall of the production office as a character labeled an ancient Atlantean king.” As far as who this king could be, it’s still not clear. However, this leads us to those pesky Mother Boxes we’ve been hearing so much about.
Apparently, the Atlanteans and Amazonians came into possession of at least one Mother Box ages ago, with the third, as we saw in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in the hands of Vic Stone’s (Ray Fisher) father Silas Stone, who will use it to help reconfigure his son’s badly damaged body into a half-human half-machine hero known as Cyborg. How these three groups came into possession of these Mother Boxes is unclear. But eons ago, ancient humans, Atlanteans, and Amazonians came into the possession of this alien technology, and each of them hid them away to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. Don’t worry, there will be a small prologue, that Hivju will be a part of, that will help explain everything. The site description likens this sequence to the “prologue to Lord of the Rings, which described the Rings of Power and the creation of the One Ring.”
In addition to his newfound role in Justice League, Hivju will also play the villain in Fast 8.
IGN also reported on the Dafoe scoop, and confirms that the actor will be playing a hero in Justice League, one that is familiar to Aquaman fans. According to them, Dafoe will be playing Nuidis Vulko, a scientific advisor to Aquaman. The character first appeared in Brave and the Bold #73 in 1967, where he assisted Aquaman and the Atom in their fight against microscopic creatures, led by a villain called Galg. Just like many of the characters of the DCEU, this will be the first time that Vulko has appeared on the big screen. It remains to be seen if Dafoe will reprise his role in the James Wan-directed Aquaman, which is expected to hit theaters in July, 2018.
Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League will be released in November, 2017.