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Djimon Hounsou joins Shazam! Dwayne Johnson talks about Black Adam


New Line Cinema’s Shazam! is directed by David F. Sandberg (“Annabelle: Creation”). The film stars Zachary Levi (TV’s “Chuck”) as the titular DC Super Hero, along with Asher Angel (TV’s “Andi Mack”) as Billy Batson, and Mark Strong (the “Kingsman” movies) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Peter Safran (upcoming “Aquaman,” “The Conjuring” and “Annabelle” films) serves as the film’s producer.

Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us, Luke Cage) had been cast as The Wizard who gives Billy Batson his powers. Due to scheduling conflicts, he had to step down. They’ve now cast Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, Guardians of the Galaxy, Gladiator) in the role, which is splendid as he is a great actor. Filming has wrapped on the film, but EW had this casting news.

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

“Shazam!” also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (“IT”) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (“Annabelle: Creation”); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (TV’s “This is Us”); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat”); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”). Cooper Andrews (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) and Marta Milans (TV’s “Killer Women”) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez.

Elsewhere, it looks like things are slowly moving ahead with the Black Adam movie. Dwayne Johnson is playing that character who is usually one of the bad guys that Shazam goes up against. In the past, it had looked like being a stand-alone film, but Johnson was recently talking about it and it seems that there will be some other DC comic book characters showing up. I also wonder whether we will see Black Adam in a post credit scene in Shazam!

Here is what Johnson had to say to FilmStarts.

With Black Adam I don’t think we’re going to start early next year. Early next year right now it looks like I’m going to be shooting Jumanji, and then after that if everything goes well I’ll shoot a movie called Red Notice with Rawson Thurber again, with Gal Gadot, and another actor yet to be named. But Black Adam possibly at the end of next year. It’s coming along great, the script is coming along great we’re very happy with it.

Without giving anything away, there MIGHT be maybe a cameo or two of some of the other DC superheroes. We’ll see. That’s been the beauty of Black Adam as we’ve been developing it is that we could make a movie that just stood on its own too as well, but that’s also the beauty of those universes coming together at DC.

There is still no director attached for Black Adam so who would you like to see behind the camera? Which DC characters should pop up in the film?

Could Shazam! and Black Adam be the films that, along with Wonder Woman, get the DC cinematic universe back on track?

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