DC’s Shazam! movie has found its 3,000-year-old Wizard… again
Djimon Hounsou has been quietly cast to play the sorcerer who gives young Billy Batson his powers in DC’s Shazam! film coming next year.
Hounsou is no stranger to the comic book movie realm as he also played the Kree mercenary Korath the Pursuer in Guardians of the Galaxy as well as the upcoming Captain Marvel — so he’s pulling off the rare feat of having significant roles in both the Marvel and DC universe at the same time. Laurence Fishburne was the latest to switch, having played Perry White in the DCEU and Bill Foster in the MCU.
Previously, This Is Us actor Ron Cephas Jones was widely reported as likely getting the Shazam! role, but apparently, this did no come to fruition due to a scheduling conflict.
Filming on Shazam! has actually wrapped, but this bit of casting remained under the radar until now.
Hounsou rose to fame in major roles in films like Amistad, Gladiator, as well as breakout performance in Blood Diamond and was previously in another DC title — playing Papa Midnite in 2005’s Constantine.
Shazam! follows a 14-year-old (Angel Asher) who gains the power to turn into a grown-up superhero (Zachary Levi) by saying a magic word. In the comics, Honsou’s character is a 3,000 years old sorcerer from Ancient Egypt who uses his powers to fight evil and has been seeking a successor to carry on his mission. He passes his power to Billy who only needs to shout his name — SHAZAM — to instantly become a superhero with an array of powers.
The film hits theaters April 5, 2019
H/T – EW