CAPTAIN MARVEL's Hounsou Cast in SHAZAM!

Djimon Hounsou Shazam The Wizard DC Comics

Entertainment Weekly has announced that Djimon Hounsou will be part of the Shazam cast as the 3,000-year old sorcerer from Ancient Egypt who uses his powers to fight evil and has been seeking a successor to carry on his mission.

The Wizard, called Shazam initially and renamed Mamaragan in current DC Comics continuity, first appeared alongside Captain Marvel (now named Shazam!) in the pages of Whiz Comics #2 in 1940.

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

Gladiator and Guardians of the Galaxy star Djimon Hounsou has been revealed to be part of the Shazam cast.

Hounsou 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. There was already bound to be confusion between the Captain Marvel of Shazam! and the Captain Marvel of Captain Marvel, but no one is likely to feel that confusion as thoroughly as Hounsou, who'll now be starring in two movies containing a Captain Marvel across two different comic book franchises from two different studios.

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Anyhoo, it's cool to hear Hounsou's joined Shazam! The role was previously reported to belong to Ron Cephas Jones, but his casting never came together due to a scheduling conflict.

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. Still a kid at heart-inside a ripped, godlike body-Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he shoot lightning out of his hands?

Annabelle: Creation and Lights Out helmer David F. Sandberg is directing Shazam! from a script written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. By saying the world "Shazam", teenager Billy Batson was transformed into the "world's mightiest mortal" and given extraordinary abilities by ancient gods.

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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