DC's 'Shazam!' Casts Djimon Hounsou As The Wizard

Djimon Hounsou Shazam The Wizard DC Comics

This Is Us actor Ron Cephas Jones was widely reported to have been cast in the role of the Wizard, but EW reports a scheduling conflict prohibited his involvement in the film, which stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel and Mark Strong. So, in the span of just two months in 2019, Hounsou will play a DC character and a Marvel character, and he'll be co-starring in two different movies headlined by characters called Captain Marvel (Shazam's name before his DC Comics rebranding). Funnily enough, Captain Marvel was the original comic book name of Shazam before DC Comics changed the title.

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! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he skip his social studies test?

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. Upon meeting the young Billy Batson, the Wizard explains that he's been fighting evil with the powers of Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury (S.H.A.Z.A.M. Get it?) for 3,000 years and now must pass those powers on to a new hero. Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead) and Marta Milans (Killer Women) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez.

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More than likely we're hearing about Djimon Hounsou playing the wizard in Shazam right now because San Diego Comic-Con will see the debut of the first trailer for the movie, as teased by director David F. Sandberg.

Dwayne Johnson will not appear as the villain Black Adam in the film and is developing a solo film for the anti-hero as a separate project. So, he gives Billy the power to transform by saying the word "Shazam!".

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