The Rock found a new opponent in 007. Pierce Brosnan was cast for the role of Kent Nelson, aka Doctor Fate, opposite Dwayne Johnson in the upcoming Black Adam movie, as reported by Hollywood journalist and confirmed by Deadline. Brosnan is the latest key actor to be added to the film, which will serve as the big screen debut of the Justice Society of America. Doctor Fate is a founding member of the group and has sorcery skills bestowed upon him by the Helmet of Fate. The character debuted in 1940’s More Fun Comics # 5.
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Johnson’s anti-hero will take on the Justice Society of America in the film. Other actors already announced for the film include Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasherand Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone. While this will mark Brosnan’s first foray into the realm of comic book adaptations, the star is no stranger to blockbusters, having held the mantle of James Bond. Most recently, he starred in action movies like The Foreigner and The November Man. Last year he appeared in the Netflix musical Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of the Fire Saga.
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Black Adam will be the second New Line / DC film production after Shazam in 2019! Johnson was originally scheduled to appear in Shazam! as the villain, though plans were reworked to give the star his own solo film. Jaume Collet-Serra, who directed Johnson in the next Disney Jungle cruise, returns as a team with the star to direct the film. Production is scheduled to begin filming in April. In our review of Shazam !, IGN gave the film a rating of 8.8, calling it “DC’s happiest and sweetest movie since Christopher Reeve’s era of Superman.”
J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer.