Aquaman 2 star Jason Momoa is currently protesting the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), which is slated for construction on Mauna Kea in Hawaii and blasted the project on social media. Momoa then jokingly exclaimed that he won’t be able to film the Protector of the Deep’s sequel due to his active participation in the protests.
“F*CK THIS,” Momoa wrote on Instagram. “And TMT is 4x bigger. Sorry, Warner Bros we can’t shoot Aquaman 2. Because Jason got run over by a bulldozer trying to stop the desecration of his native land THIS iS NOT HAPPENING. WE ARE NOT LETTING YOU DO THIS ANYMORE. Enough is enough. Go somewhere else. Repost. This is what telescope construction looks like (Subaru Telescope, 1992). The TMT will be four times larger on unscathed land. We must protect our scared [sic] mountain from further desecration. #KuKiaiMauna #WeAreMaunaKea #TMTShutdown”
The Thirty Meter Telescope was greenlit by the state of Hawaii and is currently being constructed on top of the dormant volcano, Manua Kea. Indigenous groups in the area surrounding the mountain have been trying to prevent the construction of the Telescope because the area is considered sacred land. Momoa, who was born in Hawaii and is of mixed Indigenous Hawaiian ancestry, has been actively protesting the construction lately with the help of his son, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha.
Construction on the TMT was halted in 2014 due to protests. Further protests and legal decisions have delayed the observatory’s progress. Most recently, 38 people — the majority of whom were kupuna/elders — were arrested protesting the site on July 17. The protestors had been obstructing access to the Mauna Kea Access Road.
Aquaman 2 is scheduled for release on December 16, 2022.