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Report: Aldis Hodge Cast as Hawkman for “Black Adam”

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No shortage of casting stories today, as Warner Bros. Pictures is apparently talking to actor Aldis Hodge about donning the wings and cowl of Hawkman for upcoming DC Comics superhero film “Black Adam.”

Aldis Hodge, “What Men Want,” Paramount Pictures

Hodge recently appeared in “The Invisible Man” for Blumhouse, as well as notable roles in “Straight Outta Compton,” “Hidden Figures,” and “What Men Want.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will star as title character and antihero Black Adam, Noah Centineo will play Atom Smasher.

Jaume Collet-Serra, who is helming “Jungle Cruise” for Disney (which also stars Johnson), will direct “Black Adam” from a script by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani. Adam Sztykiel wrote a previous draft of the script.

While we don’t know much about “Black Adam,” we did get to see a motion comic as well as some concept art for the film during the DC FanDome event earlier this month.

We’ll let you know what we hear about this and other casting news.

UPDATE

Sure looks like this is as close to a done deal as it can be, with Johnson welcoming Hodge to the cast in this post on Instagram!

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THIS IS HAWKMAN 🦅 A pleasure to welcome @aldis_hodge to BLACK ADAM. HAWKMAN is a critical leading role for our movie, as he is the fiery leader of the JSA (Justice Society of America) and one of the most beloved and legendary characters in the DC UNIVERSE. I called Aldis personally as I wanted to surprise him that he got the role and it wound up being one of the greatest conversations I’ve ever had. Aldis: Hello? DJ: Hello, I’d like to speak to Aldis. Aldis: Who is this? DJ: This is Dwayne Johnson. * long pause Aldis: Whoever this is stop playing on my phone. DJ: This is Dwayne, is this Aldis? * longer pause Aldis: This shit ain’t funny, I said stop playing on my fucking phone. DJ: Aldis, this is DJ. I just called to say thank you so much for sending in your audition – it was great and I really appreciate the efforts you made. Just wanted to say thanks and best of luck in all you do. And one more thing — welcome to Black Adam. * longest pause Aldis: I’m sorry you’ll have to hold on for a one second. * he puts the phone down and walks away and all I hear is inaudible yells 😂 Aldis: DJAYYYY OHHHHH SHIT!!!!!! * Im laughing my ass off by now. DJ: You ok? You’re gonna crush this role! We went on to have an awesome conversation full of gratitude, love and motivation. Can’t wait to work with this very talented brother. The perfect HAWKMAN. Let’s get to work. #aldishodge #jsa #hawkman 🦅 #blackadam⚡️

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