If you ever need someone to play a classic comic character, the go-to person in Hollywood is Djimon Hounsou.
2019 is going to be a monumental year for the Oscar-nominated actor. As a member of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe, he is set to reprise his role as Korath the Pursuer in “Captain Marvel” and his newly-revealed role as The Wizard in “Shazam!“.
You may remember the 54-year-old star in the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie back in 2014. In case you’re wondering, Hounsou isn’t a last minute addition for “Shazam!” during reshoots or in post-production. In fact, he’s been cast to portray a 3,000-year old sorcerer from Ancient Egypt.
The Wizard uses his powers to fight evil and has been looking for a successor to carry on his legacy. He finally chooses Billy Baston as his successor, thus enabling him with Superman-esque powers when he shouts out his name (“Shazam!”).
This news may come as a surprise to fans who have been following the progress of “Shazam!”. “This Is Us” and “Luke Cage” actor Ron Cephas Jones was originally the frontrunner to play The Wizard, but had to passed on the role due to scheduling conflict.
Hounsou isn’t a stranger to the DC Universe though. He previously took on the role of Papa Midnite in 2005’s “Constantine”. Interestingly enough, Captain Marvel was the original comic book name of “Shazam!” before DC Comics changed the title.
“Captain Marvel” is slated for release on 8th March 2019, while “Shazam!” will debut in cinemas on 5th April 2019.