Marvel Studios has some of Hollywood’s greatest actors under its banner. And Mexican star Tenoch Huerta recently joined the studio with the Black Panther after. He portrays the submariner and king of Talocan, Namor, in Wakanda forever. However, reports surfaced that Huerta wasn’t Marvel’s first choice for the role. Marvel Studios reportedly considered casting a WWE star in the character. It’s unclear what happened behind the scenes but the fact that a WWE star played Namor in the MCU is quite interesting for fans.
It wouldn’t be the first time a WWE star has joined Hollywood. Fans love Dave Batista as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy. Not only Marvel, DC Studios also has its fair share of former WWE stars. John Cena plays Peacemaker and The Rock also recently debuted as Black Adam in the DCU.
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Marvel reportedly approached WWE star Damian Priest to play Namor
According to Fightful Select’s report, Marvel Studios has approached former United States Champion Damian Priest to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Damian Priest was reportedly asked to read for two roles, one of which was Namor and the other for an unknown member of the Undersea Civilization.
However, it’s still unknown if Damian Priest auditioned for either role. But he didn’t make it to the movie, because he couldn’t be seen anywhere in wakanda forever. The role eventually went to Tenoch Huerta, who played the character very well and fans love him as Namor.
Luis Martinez, known as Damian Priest in the ring, is a member of The Judgment Day wrestling stable. He started his wrestling career in 2004 and has no acting credit so far. After successful Ring of Honor as Punishment Martinez, he signed a deal with WWE in 2018. The wrestler is currently preparing for upcoming WWE events.
Damian Priest may have missed the opportunity for now. But the WWE star may have the opportunity in the future to appear as one of Talocan’s prominent members, or even a confidant of Namor in the MCU.
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Actors who could have played Namor
With Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the king of the undersea kingdom, Namor has officially joined the MCU. However, there were rumors that other actors would be considered for the role.
Rumor has it that former professional wrestler Dwayne Johnson was cast in the role of Kukulkán. The red notice star, however, was not rumored to be in wakanda forever, but in a stand-alone for the character, which was planned by Universal.
However, he was already set to appear as Black Adam in the DCU. The film and the character were a priority for the Jumanji star, so it would have been obvious for him to choose black adam on Namor. black adam was published weeks before Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
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Another actor who wanted to portray the character was Brian Tee. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: From the Shadows The star said he liked the character’s anti-hero angle.
In an interview with Comic Book, the actor said: “Even if he’s a hero or a quote-unquote good guy. He’s a bit of an anti-hero with a bit of an edge. He also shared that he felt like he “kind of falls in this line” comparing his previous roles with the character.
“So that’s the kind of aspect I’d like to bring to Namor,” said Brian Tee. The role eventually went to Narcos: Mexico star, who made his MCU debut with Wakanda forever. The character should surely appear in future projects under the MCU.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever now playing in theaters.
Source: Combative Selection