At one point, the rumor mill churned out reports that This Is Us star Ron Cephas Jones was the top pick to score the part, but, as EW points out, Jones didn't end up boarding the film due to scheduling conflicts.
DC's Shazam! movie has found its 3,000-year-old Wizard. The actor previously played Korath the Pursuer in Guardians of the Galaxy, a role that he will reprise in Marvel's upcoming 2019 release of Captain Marvel. In it, we see Levi's Shazam in full superheroic costume enjoying a soda with his buddy, Freddy Freeman, outside a convenience store.
Filming on Shazam! has actually wrapped, but this bit of casting remained under the radar until now.
Although the ancient wizard, whose original name was Mamaragan before he adopted the title of "Shazam" to match up with his champion, is a key component in how Billy Batson becomes a hero, it's unclear how large his role in the film will be.
While speaking to EW about the design of the suit, director David Sandberg revealed that he was influenced by numerous various Shazam costumes over the years, from the classic comics to the animated TV shows. There was already bound to be confusion between the Captain Marvel of Shazam! and the Captain Marvel of Captain Marvel, but no one is likely to feel that confusion as thoroughly as Hounsou, who'll now be starring in two movies containing a Captain Marvel across two different comic book franchises from two different studios.
Entertainment Weekly debuted the image and offered some insights from director David Sandberg on getting the look right.
Before audiences get a taste of Levi as Shazam, they'll get another deep sea adventure with Jason Momoa when the James Wan-directed Aquaman dives into theaters on December 21st.