It’s official, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is making the move from DC to Marvel. According to Deadline, the Aquaman star has signed on to lead the Marvel Studios Disney+ series, Wonder Man.
Abdul-Mateen joins previously announced Sir Ben Kinglsey, who is back as Trevor Slattery. Plot details are being kept under wraps on the project. Though production details were reported on last month.
Marvel Studios’ Wonder Man was confirmed to be in the works back in June and Shang-Chi‘s Destin Daniel Cretton will executively produce the series and potentially direct a few episodes, while Community and Brooklyn Nine-Nine scribe Andrew Guest will tackle the script.
For those unfamiliar with the character, his real name is Simon Williams. While he was originally conceived as a villain in the 1960s, he was later reimagined as a hero and went on to be a founding member and key leader of the West Coast Avengers.
Unlike most of the characters in the MCU, Williams does not have any superpowers. Rather, he relies on his swift intellect and combat skills to fight crime. His experience as a former actor and stuntman also helps whenever he needs to go undercover for a mission.