From Marvel to DC: Djimon Hounsou Will Appear in Shazam!

While yes, filming on the Warner Bros. DC Comics film Shazam! has completed, it would appear a bit of casting news had gone under the radar ’til now.

Djimon Hounsou is going from Kree warrior in Guardians of the Galaxy to a 3,000 year old wizard in Shazam!, specifically, the one who gives young Billy Batson his god-like powers, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed.

There is very little known about the film, other than the basics: Zachary Levi is playing the powered up version of the main character (Shazam), and Angel Asher will be playing the 14-year-old version of Billy.

We do know the film has a pretty impressive inclusive cast — Jack Dylan Grazer (It) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary played by Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (This is Us); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (Fresh Off the Boat); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s Hawaii Five-O). Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead) and Marta Milans (Killer Women) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez. Mark Strong is also on board, we just don’t know who he’s playing yet.

We’re hoping for some official photos, footage, maybe even a teaser during this year’s Warner Bros. Entertainment panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC).

Shazam! is expected to hit theaters on April 5th, 2019.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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