Hounsou will be playing the part of the Wizard, the ancient guardians of magic who is seeking a successor. The Wizard has defended Ancient Egypt from evil for over 3000 years and passes his powers on to Billy Batson, who becomes a superhero when he says the world SHAZAM (via EW).
The part was originally attached to Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us), but evidently, there was a scheduling conflict and he was unable to play the part. Shazam! has actually already concluded, so Hounsou has already filmed his parts, though the casting was never officially announced until now.
Marvel fans are well aware of Hounsou, who played the role of Korath in the original Guardians of the Galaxy. Ironically Hounsou will also be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe come 2019, as he is returning for next year's Captain Marvel.
Shazam! is directed by David F. Sandberg and stars Zachary Levi (Shazam), Mark Strong (Dr. Thaddeus Sivana), Djimon Hounsou (The Wizard), Jack Dylan Grazer (Freddy Freeman), Asher Angel (Billy Batson), Grace Fulton (Mary Bromfield), Ross Butler, Adam Brody, and Michelle Borth.
You can find the official description for Shazam! below.
"We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard.
Next up for DC is Aquaman, which lands in theaters on December 21st. Shazam! is slated to hit theaters on April 5, 2019, while Wonder Woman 2 hits theaters on November
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