Djimon Hounsou has been cast to play the Wizard in New Line Cinema's Shazam!, according to Entertainment Weekly. Hounsou is best known for playing Korath in Guardians of the Galaxy, a role he is scheduled to reprise in Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel - giving the actor the distinction of being in both Captain Marvel and Shazam!.
Although This Is Us actor Ron Cephas Jones was originally cast in this role, Jones left due to a "scheduling conflict" according to the Hollywood trade.
In the comic books, the titular hero was named Captain Marvel and the wizard's name was Shazam.
Shazam! is scheduled to open in theaters April 5.