Mark Strong In Talks To Play Villain Dr. Sivana In DC Films' Shazam
The former Green Lantern actor may return to DC Films as another villain!
Shazam Villain Might Be Played By Green Lantern's Mark Strong!
The Wrap is reporting that British actor Mark Strong is in talks to play the main villain in DC Films' upcoming Shazam movie! Strong would play the evil Doctor Sivana, a mad scientist who first appeared in Whiz Comics #2 in 1940 as the main villain of the hero (then known as Captain Marvel), and has gone on to become one of his greatest adversaries. No stranger to comic book roles, Strong has 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 with Peter Safran producing. Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke wrote the script for the movie, which is scheduled to shoot in Vancouver next year. Created in 1939 by artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker, Shazam first appeared in Fawcett Comics’ Whiz Comics #2. By saying the world “Shazam,” teenager Billy Batson was transformed into the “world’s mightiest mortal” and given extraordinary abilities by ancient gods. Zachary Levi will play Shazam, but Dwayne Johnson will not appear as the character's arch-villain Black Adam in the film as he is developing a solo film for the character who will be more of an anti-hero as a separate project. DC Films' Shazam will hit theaters on April 5, 2019.