Iowan Jason Momoa to host 'Saturday Night Live' ahead of 'Aquaman' debut
At the London premiere of superhero caper "Aquaman," stars Jason Momoa and Amber Heard talk about signing up for the project, while director James Wan discusses how "ridiculous" some of the staging looked on set. (Nov. 27)
Aquaman’s taking over the small screen.
"Saturday Night Live" showrunners tapped Norwalk-raised actor Jason Momoa — star of forthcoming blockbuster superhero film “Aquaman” — to host the upcoming episode of television’s premier sketch comedy show. The NBC program airs live Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. in Des Moines via WHO TV (channel 13 with most cable providers).
Folk favorite Mumford & Sons join Momoa as the show's musical guest.
The “Game of Thrones” and “Frontier” star told CNN: "Freaking 'SNL,' which is my dream. It's literally: Marry my wife (actress Lisa Bonet), babies, 'SNL.' It's done."
Momoa joins a club of elite entertainers with Iowa ties to host the award-winning comedy program. Ashton Kutcher and Elijah Wood led respective shows in 2003; Tom Arnold appeared three times in the 1990s; and Grinnell College graduate Kumail Nanjiani hosted in 2017.
Momoa stars this December in "Aquaman," the latest superhero film from the DC Extended Universe (the home of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman; not to be confused with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, home of the Avengers). The film promises to serve audiences a coming-to-power story for the underwater hero DC first put to page in 1941.
Per IMDB, the film takes viewers to a world where “Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world.”
In an interview published last month by Men’s Journal, Momoa compared Curry’s fictional background to his upbringing in Warren County: “It’s probably the character I’ve played that’s most like me. Like him, I grew up a huge outsider. I was just with my mother, he was just with his father, and I know what that’s like, not having a parent around.”
Momoa debuted as Curry in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and reprised the role in 2017’s “Justice League.”
The film launches Dec. 15 in select theaters — a promotional offer for Amazon Prime subscribers — before entering wide release Dec. 21.
Watch an“Aquaman” trailer below.