Last week gave fans the official confirmation that Zachary Levi will indeed be portraying Shazam in his cinematic debut film. Shazam will begin filming early next year and will more than likely be released in 2019, but more updates just keep on coming. The Wrap has now learned that Mark Strong is in talks to play the villainous Doctor Sivana. Strong is no stranger to DC villains for he played Sinestro in 2011’s Green Lantern. He may not have been the main antagonist, but fans can agree that Strong gave a good performance despite the film’s many downfalls. Could this be his second chance at achieving new heights in villainy as a DC character?
For those who are not as familiar with Shazam lore, Doctor Thaddeus Bodog Sivana is the hero’s absolute arch-nemisis. He has maintained this status of evil for decades now. Doctor Sivana may not have super powers, but he is genius inventor with wicked intellect. He combines his knowledge of science with ancient magic. His scarred eye lets him see magic that is invisible to mere mortals. He received this scar when he was blinded by lighting while trying to open the tomb of Black Adam. Seems like a great role for Mark Strong to dive into. One can already start to imagine what his sinister take will be like. Only strong character actors can create these levels of imagination within audiences. If Mark Strong does take the role, it would be a humongous win for casting director Rich Delia.
Shazam begins filming next February. David F. Sandberg is directing with a script penned by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke.
Source: The Wrap
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