City on a Hill star Sarah Shahi has joined Dwayne Johnson in the upcoming Black Adam movie, according to Deadline. She’s joining a cast that will also include Aldis Hodge as Hawkman and Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher.
In the Black Adam movie, Sarah Shahi will play “a university professor and freedom fighter leading the resistance in Kahndaq.” She is currently filming Sex/Life for Netflix, and has been seen in The Rookie, Reverie, Person of Interest, The L Word and Fairly Legal.
The movie will introduce the Justice Society of America (JSA), including Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Cyclone and Atom Smasher. At the recent DC FanDome event, Johnson said the movie is an origin story and that the character is a ruthless keeper of justice.
Johnson is reteaming with his Jungle Cruise director Jaume Collet-Serra for the Black Adam film, which was previously scheduled for December 22, 2021 but is currently undated. Collet-Serra will helm the film based on the DC Comics character for New Line Cinema. Adam Sztykiel wrote the current script.
The Black Adam production is a priority for Warner Bros. following the success of Shazam!, which has brought in $365 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. Adam Sztykiel wrote the latest draft of the script.
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.
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