Dwayne Johnson's 'Black Adam' Casts 'Old Guard' Scene-Stealer Marwan Kenzari (Exclusive)

Marwan Kenzari and Dwayne Johnson
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New Line's DC superhero movie is heading toward an April start in Atlanta with Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge and Quintessa Swindell also on the roll call.

Marwan Kenzari, the Aladdin star who stole scenes in The Old Guard, is in final negotiations to join Dwayne Johnson in Black Adam, New Line's action-adventure thriller featuring the DC Comics antihero.

The feature is heading toward an April start in Atlanta with Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge and Quintessa Swindell on the roll call.

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 arch rivals in the DC Universe.

Plot details for the project are being firmly held in the kingdom of Kahndaq but one thing superhero and film fans are excited about is the big-screen introduction of DC superteam, the Justice Society. Hodge is portraying Hawkman, Centineo is Atom Smasher, while Swindell is Cyclone.

Kenzari’s role is being kept secret.

Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed Johnson opposite Emily Blunt in Disney’s upcoming Jungle Cruise, is directing 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, 2021.

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.

Kenzari, a Dutch actor of Tunisian heritage, played the villainous Jafar in Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin, which grossed over $1 billion at the box office in 2019. He then co-starred as one-half of an immortal romantic duo in Netflix’s Old Guard, the Charlize Theron action thriller that was viewed over 78 million times in its initial four weeks, according to the streamer, making it one of the company’s most watched movies.

Kenzari, who also starred in Instinct, a Dutch drama that premiered in 2019 at the Toronto International Film Festival and also served as the country's entry into the foreign language Oscar race, is repped by ICM Partners.