There are few more fascinating characters in Hollywood than Dolph Lundgren. The 59-year old has enjoyed a rollercoaster ride in the spotlight ever since grabbing people's attention with a debut role in the James Bond installment A View to a Kill in 1985. That small cameo part would open the door to take on the ultimate villain in Rocky IV for Ivan Drago, a Soviet boxer who would kill Apollo Creed in the ring.
Considered a brutish figure whose assets are seemingly his rugged good looks and martial arts skills, the Swede has given a TED talk on dealing with anger as well as securing a degree in chemistry from Washington State University. This would go with his first degree in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology.
Proving that looks can be deceiving, the 80s action icon has inked a deal with Warner Brothers for the upcoming 2018 blockbuster Aquaman. As THR broke the news, they explained that production was likely to get underway in Australia this coming May.
Dolph Dances With His Dark Side Once More
Lundgren will appear as King Nereus of the aquatic kingdom of Xebel, an underwater figure who considers Amber Heard's Mera as one of his own. He won't be good news for Jason Momoa's superhero, seeking his demise to be one of the key antagonists of the piece.
James Wan's film will be a whose who of stars on the set as Lundgren will be one of many celebrities for the DC adventure. From Nicole Kidman as Aquaman's mother to Willem Dafoe as his trusted advisor scientist Dr. Vulko, including villains Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta and Patrick Wilson as Orm, the pieces have come together for the showdown below the deep blue sea.
Aquaman Not Lundgren's First Superhero Rodeo
Although it has been some time between drinks for the veteran, he will be hopping back into an environment that he knows relatively well. Back in 1989 he would be The Punisher, the classic Marvel anti-hero who would go from the comics to the big screen some 28 years previous.
Playing the title role as Frank Castle, the title would bomb to only make a poor $9m at the box office as Lundgren failed in his attempt to go from a supporting villain to a leading man in the space of a couple of years. The part would later be revived by Thomas Jane and then by Jon Bernthal in the Netflix series Daredevil.