We’ve been hearing rumors that Namor The Sub-Mariner could be making the jump to live-action for years now, though most recently following some off-hand remarks from Marvel CCO Joe Quesada. Those remarks seemingly confirmed the film rights to Namor were back with Marvel Studios, after existing with Universal Pictures for years after Marvel sold off their characters back in the ’90s to save themselves from bankruptcy.
New reports not only seem to confirm that Namor is back with Marvel Studios, but that they are gearing up for a possible rival production with Aquaman, with a possible star campaigning for the role alongside a sea of fans.
Donnie Yen, who most recently starred as the blind Force-sensitive ass kicker known as Chirrut Îmwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is actively hunting for the role of Namor in a possible MCU production. Yen isn’t the first actor to throw his hat into the ring since rumors began to swirl, as Brian Tee – unfortunately known as the Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – also stated his desire to play Marvel’s King of Atlantis.
Of course, Tee didn’t seem to have the fan support that Yen has, as a number of Yen fansites have begun tweeting their support of Yen in the role, usually with side by side image comparisons to show Yen’s likeness to that of Namor.
— ∵Hara (@d0w0o) February 16, 2017
The casting of an Asian actor in the role of Namor would be a much needed step in the right direction for Marvel’s current problem with their lack of representation, especially considering some of the controversial decisions the Studio has made in regards to some of their Asian characters, most recently with Tilda Swinton’s role as the Ancient One in Doctor Strange.
As for where a Namor production stands with Marvel Studios, there was a recent report from Reel News Hawaii that alleges Marvel will be filming in Hawaii at the same time as another underwater monarch, DC Film’s Aquaman.
There's buzz around the island that two rival productions could be swimming on our waters. "Aquaman" & "Submariner". Fingers crossed! pic.twitter.com/1WLbZkWJAN
— Reel News Hawaii (@reelnewshawaii) February 15, 2017
There has yet to be any confirmation that Namor will, in fact be entering production, but with a few Marvel movie dates still left unconfirmed – May 1st, July 10th, and November 6th in 2020 – we might be hearing an announcement sooner rather than later.
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