Why unlikely new role in ‘Slumberland’ made Jason Momoa ‘nervous’

Scene from “Slumberland”—PHOTOS COURTESY OF NETFLIX

In his latest film “Slumberland,” “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa plays a character that seems to have been plucked out of a Tim Burton film. As Flip, the 43-year-old star cuts a commanding figure as a “nine-foot tall creature that is half-man, half beast with fangs and long, curved horns.”

Based on Winston McCay’s 1905 comic strip “Little Nemo in Slumberland,” the Netflix film, which premieres on Friday next week (Nov. 18), follows Flip as he keeps 11-year-old Nemo (Marlow Barkley) company on a journey to magical Slumberland after her father Peter (Kyle Chandler) is lost at sea.

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Following her dad’s disappearance, the homeschooled tweener’s idyllic life in a lighthouse is suddenly turned upside down when she is sent to live with her estranged and awkward Uncle Philip (Chris O’Dowd) in the big city.

By day, Nemo struggles to “connect” with other middle schoolers her age. But when the sun comes down, she embarks on a breathtaking adventure, with Flip and her living stuffed toy Pig in tow, traversing dreams and evading nightmares. But she has one mission in mind: to be reunited with her father.

Crash course

For Jason, his role isn’t something you see him play every day. In our roundtable interview with Jason and Marlow last Monday, the actor admitted that the task of bringing Flip to life came with some trepidation.

“I’ve never played something like this, so I was nervous when we started filming this,” Jason admitted. “I didn’t come in with preconceived ideas on how to portray Flip. Nor did I try to be someone else. So for me, it really was just a crash course on learning how to do it. So it’s a good thing that Marlow, my acting partner, and I really blended well. We make a wonderful match!