Kingsman star in talks to play the villain in Shazam!


The Wrap is reporting that Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) is being eyed to play the villainous Doctor Sivana in Shazam!

Shazam - a.k.a. Captain Marvel, though I doubt DC will ever call him that again - is a ideal character to bring to the big screen. He was the first of Shazam's enemies to uncover the superhero's true identity as Billy Batson, a young orphan boy in Philadelphia who gained the ability to become Earth's Mightiest Mortal from a powerful wizard. Though Sinestro was a good guy, his comic book history depicts him as a villain, like his upcoming role in Shazam. This was before Warner Bros. had established an interconnected universe of DC movies, and that film was only meant to kick off a franchise of its own. This would be Strong's second turn as a DC villain, having played Sinestro in the ill-fated Green Lantern movie in 2011.

Yes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, British actor Mark Strong is now circling the role of Doctor Sivana in the David F. Sandberg-directed pic, which recently tapped Zachary Levi for the title role of Billy Batson, the boy wonder capable of transforming himself into DC's Captain Marvel without so much as breaking a sweat. Not only will we see the Justice League hit the big screen this year, but we also have exciting movies like Dark Universe and Shazam coming soon.

Set to shoot from February until May in Toronto, Ontario, the DCEU film was thought to star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as longtime Shazam! foe Black Adam, until it was revealed the character would instead feature in his own solo film. After science failed to help him save his family, Dr. Sivana turned to magic, specifically the power of Black Adam.