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Ron Cephas Jones could be the Wizard in DC’s Shazam!

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Zachary Levi (Chuck, Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok ) will be playing Earth’s mightiest mortal. Asher Angel will be playing Billy Batson, the teenager who is given the ability to transform into Shazam by a Wizard.

Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us, Luke Cage, Mr Robot) is in talks to play the Wizard, according to The Wrap.

Here is some background on the current incarnation of the character from the comic books:

The Wizard was the last of a council of beings who controlled magic from the fortress known as the Rock of Eternity. One of their first actions was to punish and sentence the Earth’s greatest transgressors. At some point in the Council of Wizards’ history, most of the council members were killed by Black Adam except for the Wizard. When Doctor Sivana opens Black Adam’s tomb and frees Black Adam, the Wizard begins abducting people one by one via magic and bringing them to the Rock of Eternity to assess them for the job of inheriting his powers only to dismiss each of them for not being pure of heart. The Wizard then summons Billy to the Rock of Eternity as his last candidate, but upon meeting him sees how rotten a child he is and dismisses him as well until Billy argues that perfectly good people “really don’t exist” and that the Wizard may never find what he is looking for. Agreeing with Billy and aware that he is dying, the Wizard sees that Billy has the potential to be good and passes on his powers to the boy by asking him to speak the magic word “Shazam” with “good intentions” as merely saying the word has no effect. After saying the magic word, Billy is struck by a bolt of lightning which transforms him into Shazam, a super-powered being possessing super-strength and flight. The Wizard then passes away and transports Shazam back to Earth.

Mark Strong is having another go at a DC movie after Green Lantern as he will be playing the villainous Doctor Sivana. Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews and Faithe Herman also star in the film.

David Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation) is directing the film for Warner Bros.’s sister division, New Line.

It still looks like Dwayne Johnson will play Black Adam but he won’t be in the Shazam movie. That character is one of the main villains for Shazam, but he is supposed to be getting his own movie at some point. As Dr. Silvana is the bad guy in Shazam! maybe it will end with him releasing Black Adam?

The film starts production next month ahead of a release on 5th April 2019.

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