With production set to kick off soon, Warner Bros.' Shazam! has seemingly filled the role of the Wizard who bestows young Billy Batson with the ability to transform into a superhero.
According to TheWrap, Ron Cephas Jones (This is Us, Luke Cage) is in talks to play the role in director David F. Sandberg's film. He would join stars Zachary Levi as Shazam, Asher Angel as Billy Batson and Mark Strong as the villainous Doctor Sivana.
Just a few days ago, That Hashtag Show teased the casting of the Wizard in a series of character breakdowns that also hinted at a possible cameo by Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam. While the other characters have yet to be cast, Jones appears all but confirmed for the role as the Wizard. The actor is best known for his work as William Hill on NBC's This is Us, for which he has received both Emmy and Screen Actor Guild nominations. He also appeared as Bobby Fish in the first season of Luke Cage.
Arriving in theaters on April 5, 2019, Shazam! is directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) and stars Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Grace Fulton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Faithe Herman and Cooper Andrews.