As you dive into Slumberland, the new Netflix movie starring Jason Momoa, be prepared to experience the full range of emotions. The comedy is clearly in the foreground in this family film. However, for those deeply emotional moments, you might want to keep a box of tissues nearby. That’s exactly what Momoa needed when director Francis Lawrence gave him the script. “I was very excited that they thought of me for this character because I’ve never been able to play anything like this,” Momoa said in an interview with BlackFilmandTV (via YouTube). “I read the script and cried and said, ‘Yeah, I’m 100% in.’ That emotional response, Momoa explains, came not only directly from the plot, but also from his connection to Marlow Barkley’s character Nemo.
With all of the emotional ups and downs that the character Nemo experiences in the film, Momoa connects her with his own children. Chat with E! Insider Momoa went on to explain how his personal relationship with director Lawrence helped bring the star and the script together. “It’s all because of Francis. He just knows me, he sees me with my kids,” Momoa continued. “It made me cry, my babies are the same age as her [Nemo].” This emotional response to the original script partly translates into an unexpectedly solid comedic performance from the Game of Thrones cast member. This dose of true emotion, combined with a smart retelling of a story more than 100 years old, culminates in this highly entertaining family film.