Filming may have officially wrapped on DC’s Shazam!, but the casting announcements keep on coming!
Entertainment Weekly revealed today that Guardians of the Galaxy actor Djimon Hounsou will be playing a very key role in the upcoming Shazam! film.
The film stars Zachary Levi as the adult superhero version of Billy Batson (aka Shazam). The young version of Billy Batson, played by Asher Angel, magically transforms into the superhero (played by Levi) anytime he says his name. Hounsou will be playing the role of the 3000-year-old wizard who gifts Billy Batson with his magical powers.
Though it has been rumored that This Is Us star Ron Cephas Jones would be cast in the role of the wizard, a scheduling conflict kept him from being able to film. None the less, we feel that Hounsou is a perfect fit for the character.
Hounsou is best known for his roles in Amistad, Gladiator and perhaps most notably as Korath the Pursuer in Guardians of the Galaxy, a role he will be reprising in the upcoming Captain Marvel film. This means that Hounsou is a part of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as the DC Extended Universe at the same time! He also appeared in the 2005 film, Constantine.
In addition to Levi, Angel and Hounsou, Shazam! stars Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen and Jovan Armand along with The Walking Dead‘s Cooper Andrews. Shazam! will hail from director David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) with a script by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. Peter Safran is producing.
The film will be landing in theaters on April 5, 2019.
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