yahya abdul-mateen ii of ‘the get down’ cast as black manta in dc’s ‘aquaman’

February 1, 2017

Newcomer Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, known for his role as Cadillac on Netflix’s ‘The Get Down’, is joining the cast of Warner Bros.’s ‘Aquaman’ as villain Black Manta. Manta is a trident- wielding, Baltimore-born autistic orphan with a uniquely complex backstory that makes Manta and his evil schemes tragically likable. Nevermind the goofy costume. Abdul-Mateen will star across Jason Momoa in the Aquaman franchise debut, slated for Oct. 2018.