'Black Adam': Pierce Brosnan to Play DC Hero Dr. Fate Opposite Dwayne Johnson (Exclusive)

Pierce Brosnan, Doctor Fate
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Tomorrow will never die now that the Justice Society is complete in New Line's DC superhero movie.

The name is Fate. Dr. Fate.

In the first superhero foray of his career, Pierce Brosnan has nabbed the plum role of classic hero Dr. Fate opposite Dwayne Johnson in Black Adam, New Line's action-adventure project featuring the DC Comics antihero.

Brosnan, known for being one of only a handful of actors to inhabit the James Bond mantle, is the last key member of the roll call for the big-screen debut of the Justice Society, DC’s precursor to the Justice League that takes a familial and multigenerational approach to heroics. Already suited up are Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher and Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone.

Black Adam is the second New Line/DC film following 2019’s critical and commercial hit Shazam!, with the two characters, Shazam and Black Adam, being archrivals in the DC Universe. The project is headed toward an April start in Atlanta.

Plot details are being kept shrouded behind a veil of secrecy, as are character details for Marwan Kenzari, the Aladdin and The Old Guard actor who is also in the cast.

Brosnan will play Kent Nelson, aka the good Dr. Fate, a son of an archaeologist who was taught sorcery skills and given the magical Helmet of Fate. The character, created by Gardner Fox and Howard Sherman, is one of DC’s oldest, having first appeared in 1940’s More Fun Comics No. 5.

Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed Johnson opposite Emily Blunt in Disney’s upcoming Jungle Cruise, is helming Black Adam. Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions are producing with Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo. The project reunites the team behind Jungle Cruise, which is currently set to open July 30.

FlynnPictureCo’s Scott Sheldon is serving as executive producer. Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani wrote the latest draft, with Adam Sztykiel writing the previous draft.

Brosnan is a veteran actor with dozens of credits, although he may be best known globally for his suave and sophisticated take on James Bond in the 007 movies in the 1990s and early 2000s, which grossed almost $1.5 billion.

He also starred in the hit remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, the first studio project under his Irish DreamTime production banner, as well as the blockbuster Mamma Mia! films and critically acclaimed thrillers The Matador and The Ghost Writer.

The actor and environmentalist-philanthropist was most recently seen in Netflix’s comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga alongside Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams, and next appears in the musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale Cinderella releasing this July.

Brosnan is repped by CAA, Curtis Brown, and Hansen Jacobson.