Quintessa Swindell identifies as non-binary and uses the they/them pronouns. They played Anna in the HBO series Euphoria and a main role in the Netflix teen drama Trinkets. Swindell also has a role in the upcoming film Voyagers, starring Colin Farrell and Tye Sheridan.
“A pleasure to officially welcome, Quintessa Swindell to our Black Adam cast,” said Johnson on his social channels. “They’ll be taking on the role of Cyclone. Can’t wait to work with them and we ready to rumble in the DC jungle.”
Johnson added that production on the anticipated DC film is expected to begin in the spring of 2021.
In the comics, Cyclone (aka Maxine Hunkell) is the granddaughter of the original Red Tornado and a member of the Justice Society of America. The character’s powers include flight, wind manipulation and sound wave control.
In addition to Dwayne Johnson in the title role, Quintessa Swindell is joining Aldis Hodge, who plays Hawkman, Noah Centineo, who plays Atom Smasher, and Sarah Shahi.
Black Adam will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who is reteaming with Johnson after helming Jungle Cruise. The latest draft of the script is by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani. Adam Sztykiel wrote the previous draft.
The movie will introduce the Justice Society of America (JSA), including Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Cyclone and Atom Smasher. Johnson has previously said the movie is an origin story and that the title character is a ruthless keeper of justice.
The Black Adam production is a priority for Warner Bros. following the success of Shazam!, which brought in $365.9 million worldwide. Shazam! was directed by David F. Sandberg and stars Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Djimon Hounsou.
Johnson previously said the villain and antihero Black Adam was originally supposed to have debuted in Shazam!, but it wasn’t working with them having to tell the origin stories of both Shazam! and Black Adam.
Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo will produce along with Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions. Scott Sheldon will oversee for FlynnPicturesCo.
Black Adam is based on the DC Comics character created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck. Black Adam first appeared in the first issues of Fawcett Comics’ The Marvel Family in December 1945, and began to appear in the Shazam! comics in the 1970s.
You can watch the previously-released Black Adam teaser using the player below.