Just a few minutes ago, EW shared the news that a pivotal role in Shazam! was quietly cast and no one knew about it until now.
While Djimon Hounsou, who is best known for his work in films like Amistad and Blood Diamond, is returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Captain Marvel (reprising his role of Korath from Guardians of the Galaxy), he’ll now join the ranks of actors who have stepped foot in both the Marvel and DC worlds, as he will now be playing the Wizard who grants Billy Batson his powers in next year’s Shazam!.
While originally, that character was known as Shazam…in the rebooted New 52 continuity upon which this movie is clearly based, the wizard’s name is Mamaragan (as we learned during The Darkseid War event), but presumably in this movie he’ll just be called The Wizard.
Ron Cephas Jones was in talks for the role a few months back, but due to scheduling conflicts he had to drop out of the role, paving the way for Hounsou to step in.
Oh, he also played Papa Midnite in Constantine, so really…this guy just can’t stay away from comic book roles!
I still think it’s pretty funny that Captain Marvel and Shazam! are coming out within spitting distance of each other, and now they share an actor. There sure are going to be a lot of explainers about the legal history of the Captain Marvel name by mainstream outlets in our near future.
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