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Aquaman: New Photo Reveals Djimon Hounsou's Fisherman King

Djimon Hounsou is doing double duty in the comic book movie world, standing firm in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by reprising his Guardians of the Galaxy role as Korath in Captain Marvel, and jumping into the DCEU by starring both as a 3,000-year-old wizard in DC's Shazam! and as the Fisherman King in this year's Jason Momoa-led Aquaman

A new still from Aquaman, directed by horror movie icon James Wan, gives fans the first look at Hounsou's character. 

Released by Entertainment Weekly, the photo features a completely unrecognizable Hounsou, his face made to look more like that of an aquatic ruler with the use of thick, scaly prosthetics, blue-green makeup, and a collar of paper-thin gills. As the Fisherman King, Hounsou wields a gorgeous gilded trident and rocks a matching gold chest plate, pauldrons that protect his shoulders, tiered gauntlets, and ornate faulds. 

Next to Hounsou's Fisherman King in the snap are Natalia Safran's Fisherman Queen and Sophia Forrest's Fisherman Princess.

The source broke down what happens in the scene from which the image was pulled: Patrick Wilson's King Orm (also known as the Ocean Master, Aquaman's brother, who actually isn't shown in the photo) has traveled to another of Atlantis' seven kingdoms to meet with the Fisherman King in hopes that he'll join the force to fight the humans of the surface world, who have made a mess of the ocean. 

Aquaman producer Peter Safran said of the story behind the scene, "After the fall of Atlantis, some of the kingdoms evolved and some devolved. This is one that evolved. This is a kingdom that's primarily artistic and cerebral, with poets and philosophers." Will such sensitive souls be worthy allies in King Orm's war against humans? We'll have to wait and see.

This photo unveiling comes just days after Hounsou was confirmed for his part in Shazam!, which hasn't yet revealed how the actor will be presented on screen. When it comes to Aquaman, however, director Wan previously announced that the first trailer for the film will drop next week at San Diego Comic-Con. With any luck, the footage will show more of Hounsou's Fisherman King — and the rest of Atlantis' creepy-beautiful creatures, surely.

Aquaman will swim ashore on December 21.