THE ROCK Picks His Top Choice to Play SHAZAM

Shazam! by Alex Ross
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has made his personal pick for the actor he'd like to portray Shazam opposite his Black Adam in the DC Extended Universe film Shazam! - none other than Armie Hammer.

Speaking to WeGotThisCovered, Johnson stopped short of saying Hammer's name as his top choice for the role, saying "After I met him I thought, 'Man he's such a cool guy.' And he's a lot bigger than I thought he would be. And when I walked away, I looked at my producer Hiram Garcia, who is also on the Black Adam project, and we both looked at each other and said 'Possibly Shazam!' I'm not even gonna say his name, I'll just say 'Lone Ranger.'"

Hammer portrayed the Lone Ranger in Disney's live action adaptation of the pulp hero. He was also previously cast as Batman in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal before the film was cancelled. He has also recently been rumored as a possible candidate for the role of Hal Jordan in the upcoming Green Lantern Corps film.

Newsarama presaged Johnson's choice, having picked Hammer for the role of Shazam back in April 16.

DC has dated a Shazam! movie for theatrical release on April 19, 2019, however since then a spin-off Black Adam film was also reportedly greenlit. Johnson's use of the phrase "the Black Adam project" when referring to the possible casting of Hammer could infer the priority of the films, which the wrestler-turned-actor is also a producer on.

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