While Marvel actor Djimon Hounsou is set to reprise his role as Korath from Guardians of the Galaxy in the upcoming Captain Marvel, the actor will reportedly, according to Entertainment Weekly, also join the cast of Shazam!, a DC property, as a 3,000-year-old Wizard.
The role was previously announced to be played by Ron Cephus Jones (This Is Us), who left due to a "scheduling conflict." Filming for Shazam! has already wrapped-up, meaning Hounsou has already shot the role, and the announcement of his replacement for Jones as the Wizard has only surfaced now.
⚡️⚡️#Shazam movie has found its 3,000-year-old Wizard. ⚡️⚡️— DC Films ⚡ (@DCEUnited) July 10, 2018
Djimon Hounsou was quietly cast to play the sorcerer who gives young Billy Batson his powers. (source @EW) https://t.co/Z35RzKMSxJ pic.twitter.com/51gq0B26ut
In the original comics, the Wizard who gave the hero his abilities was actually known as "Shazam," with the hero called "Captain Marvel." Following legal disputes about the character's similarities to Superman, Captain Marvel had to cease production in the 1950s, before returning in the '70s to find that Marvel Comics had been publishing their own, unrelated character under the name "Captain Marvel."
Due to trademark conflicts, DC had to adapt their hero to the name "Shazam," with the wizard referred to as simply, "The Wizard."
Therefore, Hounsou will technically