After a three-month search, the WB has set 28-year-old newcomer Will Toale to star in “Aquaman,” the series creation by “Smallville” duo Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.
The Florida-born Toale worked as a model before landing a supporting role in “A Streetcar Named Desire” at Broadway’s Roundabout Theater alongside Natasha Richardson and John C. Reilly.
“In the search for Aquaman, we saw over 400 people in England, Australia, Canada and several U.S. cities,” Gough said. “We saw Will’s tape over Christmas, and he was the only guy we took to the network.”
A pilot will shoot in March, probably in Miami. Series is expected to be a signature offering next fall for the network and Warner Bros. TV.
“We call him ‘the much-maligned Aquaman,’ but when we first pitched ‘Smallville,’ Superman was considered cheesy,” Gough said. “In the comic, Aquaman’s the lost king of Atlantis, but in our version, he is Arthur Curry, this twentysomething who owns a dive shop.”