Mark Strong in Talks to Play the Villain in Shazam

Posted 2017/11/02 0 0

The actor would play longtime arch-nemesis Doctor Sivana.


Mark Strong has signed up to play the villain Doctor Sivana in the upcoming “Shazam!” movie for Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films, according to The Wrap. He would play Doctor Sivana in the film, which follows a boy named Billy Batson, who can transform into an adult superhero by uttering the magic word "Shazam!" The name is an acronym of the ancient world gods and historical figures Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury, from which Batson derives his heroic attributes when in adult form.

The comics character of Doctor Sivana was a respected and brilliant scientist who breaks bad over, well, dumb circumstances. But the overall gist is that in the DC comics, Sivana is the one who deduces boy radio broadcaster Billy Batson as the alter ego of Shazam/Captain Marvel, so he poses a threat to the kid’s real life. That’s likely how he’ll come into play in what will serve as an introductory film in the Shazam franchise.

Strong is no stranger to comic book roles, having appeared in both the Kingsman films and as Sinestro in 2011’s Green Lantern movie. He joins Zachary Levi (Thor films, Chuck, Tangled) who will play the titular hero in the film. Variety also reports that actress Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation) is in talks to play one of Billy Batson’s friends in the film.

David F. Sandberg is directing for New Line Cinema. He recently confirmed that the target release date for the film is April 2019. The Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation director will step behind the camera with Peter Safran producing. Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke wrote the script for Shazam!, which is scheduled to shoot in Vancouver next year.

Dwayne Johnson will not appear as the villain Black Adam in the film and is developing a solo film for the anti-hero as a separate project.