Aldis Hodge, who starred in City on the Hill and appeared in this year’s remake of The Invisible Man, has nabbed the high-flying role of Hawkman in Black Adam and is now in final negotiations to join New Line’s action-adventure thriller featuring the DC Comics antihero starring Dwayne Johnson.
Jaume Collet-Serra, who directed Johnson in the upcoming Disney adventure film Jungle Cruise, is directing.
Longtime Johnson collaborator Beau Flynn is producing via FlynnPictureCo. along with Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia via their Seven Bucks Productions. Scott Sheldon will oversee for FlynnPictureCo. and will also serve as executive producer.
The story centers on the character who was first created as Shazam’s archnemesis, back when the that squinty-eyed hero was named Captain Marvel, but evolved into a more layered individual.
An enticing factor for fans is the introduction in Black Adam of the Justice Society of America, a multigenerational group that preceded the Justice League. Characters Atom Smasher (to be played by Noah Centineo), as well as Doctor Fate and Cyclone, who have yet to be cast, will figure into the story.
Hawkman, who first appeared in 1940’s Flash Comics No. 1, is one of a pair of lovers from Ancient Egypt destined to constantly be reincarnated throughout time and space, with many rebirths leading to an emergence as a hawk-themed hero using both giant wings and an alien element called “nth metal,” which negates gravity and allows him to fly. In contemporary times, he’s Carter Hall, an archaeologist turned adventurer who struggles with anger issues — and his ability to control a mace.
Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani wrote the latest draft. Adam Sztykiel worked on the previous writer draft.
Black Adam is due to begin production in late winter or spring of 2021.
Hodge is the having a hot moment as he is one of the stars in One Night in Miami, Regina King’s historical drama that is generating Oscar buzz this awards season. He also co-starred with Elisabeth Moss in one of the biggest theatrical movies of the year, Universal and Blumhouse’s remake of The Invisible Man.
The actor has been gaining steam with strong notices for his appearances in movies such as 2016’s Straight Outta Compton, in which he played MC Ren, and 2017’s Hidden Figures, and for starring with Jurnee Smollett on WGN’s Underground, co-created by Lovecraft Country’s Misha Green.
Hodge is repped by Paradigm, The Priluck Company, and Ziffren Brittenham.
—Graeme McMillan contributed to this story.