DC’s next film to enter production, ‘Shazam!’, is going full speed ahead into pre-production. A lot of fans were happy to hear last week that Zachary Levi was cast as Shazam, and today reports have come in that Mark Strong (Green Lantern, Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation) are in talks to join the cast as well.
The Wrap has reported that Mark Strong, who most comic book movie fans will remember as Sinestro from 2011’s ‘Green Lantern’, is in talks to play the iconic Shazam villain, Doctor Sivana. In Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Shazam story, Sivana played an integral role in bringing Black Adam back. Black Adam, set to be played by Dwayne Johnson, has been confirmed to not have a role in Shazam. But Sivana’s role could set up the events for Black Adam and Shazam to finally collide in a sequel after they both have their own solo movies.
Additionally, Variety reported that Grace Fulton is also in talks to join the film. There’s no official word as of now in regards to which character Grace Fulton will play. But given that she’s a younger actress, it seems likely that she’ll play Mary Marvel: Billy Batson’s older adopted sister.
What do you think of these casting announcements? Do you think Fulton is in talks to be Mary Marvel, or a different character altogether? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!
Shazam! is being directed by David Sandberg, is set to begin production at the beginning of 2018, and will release in theaters April 2019.