Newcomer Bodhi Sabongui lands key role in Black Adam movie
Following the recent addition of James Cusati-Moyer, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that newcomer Bodhi Sabongui has officially joined the ensemble cast of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly-anticipated DC film Black Adam. Further details about the 13-year-old actor’s character are being kept under wraps, but he is expected to play a key role in the Dwayne Johnson-led movie. Production is scheduled to begin next week.
Sabongui is Canadian-Egyptian actor who previously appeared in The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow. He was most recently seen in last year’s The Baby-Sitters Club series where he portrayed Claudia Kishi’s crush Trevor Sandbourne.
Black Adam will be led by Dwayne Johnson, who has been attached to play the titular anti-hero for over a decade now. It will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows), who worked with Johnson on Disney’s upcoming Jungle Cruise, from a screenplay written by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshiryani.
The film will also feature the live-action film introduction of the Justice Society of America, whose members will be portrayed by Pierce Brosnan (The Foreigner) as Doctor Fate, Noah Centineo (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before) as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell (Trinkets) as Cyclone and Aldis Hodge (One Night in Miami) as Hawkman. The film will also star Sarah Shahi (City on a Hill) and Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin), though their roles are currently being kept close to the antihero chest.
The antihero was originally slated to make his highly-anticipated debut in 2019’s Shazam!, though the studio elected to split the characters off into individual films to allow them breathing room and proper development. Instead, they’ve just opted to tease the character with Djimon Hounsou’s original wizard Shazam narrating his origin story to Billy Batson.
Based on the DC Comics character created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck, the film is being produced by Johnson and FlynnPicturesCo’s Beau Flynn alongside Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions, while Scott Sheldon will be overseeing the project for FlynnPictureCo.
Originally scheduled for December 2021 release, Black Adam has recently been pushed back to July 29, 2022.