Noah Centineo, who broke out with To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, is joining Dwayne Johnson in Black Adam, New Line’s Shazam! spinoff based on the popular DC antihero.
Jaume Collet-Serra, who directed Johnson in Disney’s forthcoming The Jungle Cruise, will be in the director’s chair when the feature project goes before cameras, although with the pandemic the timing is unclear. Johnson’s longtime collaborator, Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo., is producing along with Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia via their Seven Bucks Productions.
While storyline details are being kept in the dark, Black Adam focuses on the DC character that was originally created as the archnemesis for the hero now known as Shazam. In modern times, however, the character has evolved into a more complex and conflicted antihero, rising to become one of DC’s more prominent characters. His origins are tied to ancient Egypt and his powers are supernatural in nature. Adam Sztykiel wrote the current script for what will be Johnson’s first superhero role.
Centineo will play Atom Smasher, a character who can control his molecular structure and is able to manipulate his size and strength. The character has appeared onscreen before, in an episode of The CW’s The Flash.