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One of the most prominent panels for this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con will be the DC Extended Universe. Not only will they be bringing the cast of the highly anticipated Wonder Woman 2, but they’ll also be hyping Aquaman, the first major film release since Justice League last November. The star of Aquaman (and one of the biggest things going for it) is Jason Momoa, the man once known as Game of Thrones‘ Khal Drogo. But Momoa almost wasn’t a headliner for the DC comic films. Turns out Jason Momoa was almost a Marvel villain over at DC’s rival, the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
When Momoa finished his run on Game of Thrones, he was a recognizable commodity, and he knew it. He’s been extraordinarily good at keeping himself in the public eye too, using his Instagram to cheer on Daenerys during the shows run, and teasing any and all visits to the Belfast filming area. But according to him, it was hard at first to get work, because casting directors thought he didn’t speak English. (He’s Hawaiian, but grew up in Iowa.)
Instead, he wrote, directed and produced his own film, Road to Paloma. That got him a role in The Red Road, which got him noticed.
But DC didn’t call first. Marvel did.
But that’s all something that might have been in another timeline. As Momoa says, it didn’t work out.
And the rest, as they say, is history. Aquaman arrives in theaters on Dec. 21, 2018.
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