'Guardians of the Galaxy' Star Djimon Hounsou Cast As Shazam's Wizard

11 July, 2018, 01:59 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Djimon Hounsou Shazam The Wizard DC Comics

Djimon Hounsou has been cast to play the Wizard in New Line Cinema's Shazam! He's not a last minute addition being inserted into the movie during reshoots or in post-production, but instead he's been cast in the movie for awhile, but his involvement had not yet been discovered until now.

But the 54-year-old isn't exactly a stranger to the DC Universe; diehards and Keanu stans may remember 2005's Constantine, a less-than-stellar adaptation of the John Constantine comics that saw Hounsou take on the role of Papa Midnite.

Today, we've learned who'll be playing The Wizard, the ancient sorcerer who granted Billy Batson with those powers.

The part was originally attached to Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us), but evidently, there was a scheduling conflict and he was unable to play the part.Shazam! has actually already concluded, so Hounsou has already filmed his parts, though the casting was never officially announced until now. By saying the world "Shazam", teenager Billy Batson was transformed into the "world's mightiest mortal" and given extraordinary abilities by ancient gods. Then again, the wizard does occasionally pop up to give Shazam advice and guidance, so maybe he'll appear a few times intermittently throughout what will be the superhero's origin story.


The film is expected to make a splash during the DC Films portion of the Warner Bros.

It's interesting that Hounsou will be playing roles in both the DCU and the MCU, where he first appeared as Korath the Pursuer in James Gunn's Guardians of The Galaxy, but what's slightly more interesting is that he'll be reprising his role in next year's Captain Marvel. (Comic fans will bemusedly note that Hounsou's upcoming Captain Marvel was also the original name of the Shazam! comic book before DC changed the name). Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke wrote the script for Shazam, which is scheduled to shoot in Vancouver.

Debuting April 5, 2019, Shazam! stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick "Freddy" Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vázquez, and Marta Milans as Rosa Vázquez.

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