Aldis Hodge to play Hawkman in Black Adam
News of another addition to the cast of upcoming DC adventure Black Adam arrived at the weekend, with The Hollywood Reporter breaking a story over the weekend that Aldis Hodge is in talks to star as Hawkman – a story that has since been confirmed by the film's leading man Dwayne Johnson via his Instagram:
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THIS IS HAWKMAN ? A pleasure to welcome @aldis_hodge to BLACK ADAM. HAWKMAN is a critical leading role for our movie, as he is the fiery leader of the JSA (Justice Society of America) and one of the most beloved and legendary characters in the DC UNIVERSE. I called Aldis personally as I wanted to surprise him that he got the role and it wound up being one of the greatest conversations I’ve ever had. Aldis: Hello? DJ: Hello, I’d like to speak to Aldis. Aldis: Who is this? DJ: This is Dwayne Johnson. * long pause Aldis: Whoever this is stop playing on my phone. DJ: This is Dwayne, is this Aldis? * longer pause Aldis: This shit ain’t funny, I said stop playing on my fucking phone. DJ: Aldis, this is DJ. I just called to say thank you so much for sending in your audition - it was great and I really appreciate the efforts you made. Just wanted to say thanks and best of luck in all you do. And one more thing — welcome to Black Adam. * longest pause Aldis: I’m sorry you’ll have to hold on for a one second. * he puts the phone down and walks away and all I hear is inaudible yells ? Aldis: DJAYYYY OHHHHH SHIT!!!!!! * Im laughing my ass off by now. DJ: You ok? You’re gonna crush this role! We went on to have an awesome conversation full of gratitude, love and motivation. Can’t wait to work with this very talented brother. The perfect HAWKMAN. Let’s get to work. #aldishodge #jsa #hawkman ? #blackadam⚡️
Scheduled to arrive in 2021, the Shazam! Spin-off will star Johnson as the DC hero's nemesis in a standalone movie directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, whose recent films include Liam Neeson action vehicles Non-Stop, Run All Night and The Commuter. Hodge joins a cast that also includes Noah Centineo, who is set to appear as Atom Smasher.
Details of the plot are being kept firmly under wraps, but we do know that the script is being handled by a screenwriting team that includes Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani and Adam Sztykiel.
A sequel to Shazam! Is lined up for 2022, with David F. Sandberg once again in the director's chair and star Zachary Levi set to reprise his starring role. While there have been rumours that Johnson will appear as Black Adam in the sequel, titled Shazam!: Fury of the Gods, these have yet to be confirmed, although it does seem very likely that Black Adam will make an appearance in the Shazam! storyline at some point in the future.