‘The Invisible Man’ and ‘One Night in Miami actor Aldis Hodge has joined Dwayne Johnson on the cast of DC adaptation ‘Black Adam’.

Hodge will take on the character of Hawkman, is one of a pair of lovers from Ancient Egypt destined to constantly be reincarnated throughout time and space, with many rebirths leading to emergence as a hawk-themed hero using both giant wings and an alien element called ‘nth metal’ that negates gravity and allows him to fly.

In contemporary times, he’s Carter Hall, an archaeologist turned adventurer who struggles with anger issues.

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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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Noah Centineo plays the role of foe Atom Smasher, a character who can control his molecular structure with the ability to manipulate his size, strength and durability. Johnson taking on the titular character.

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Jaume Collet-Serra will take the helm. The story centres on the character who was first created as Shazam’s archnemesis but evolved into a more layered individual. Black Adam will also feature the Justice Society of America, a multigenerational group that preceded the Justice League and so include characters like Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo) and the yet to be cast Doctor Fate and Cyclone.

Production on the project is expected to start towards the end of the year/early 2021