Sarah Shahi Joins ‘Black Adam’ In Key Role
by Erik Amaya
The Mighty Isis returns! Well, sort of.
Confirming earlier rumors, Deadline reports Person of Interest‘s Sarah Shahi has joined the cast of Warner Bros. Pictures upcoming Black Adam. The film stars Dwayne Johnson as the title character, a slave-turned-ruler after he receives the power of Shazam. Locked away for over 1000 years, Adam resurfaces in our time to reclaim his throne.
According to the site, Shahi will play a “university professor and freedom fighter leading the resistance in Kahndaq.” The description sounds like Adrianna Tomaz, an Egyptian woman who changes Adam’s life and becomes a member of the Black Marvel family he formed in the pages of DC Comics’ 52 series. The character is also loosely based on Isis from Filmation’s The Shazam!/Isis Hour — a 1970s live action Saturday morning children’s program.
Legends of Tomorrow‘s Zari Tarazi (or Tomaz depending on the timeline), played by Tala Ashe, is also based on Isis. Early in her development, producers decided never to use her codename due to the activities of the ISIL terrorist organization, which was known in the American media as ISIS.
Besides Johnson and Shahi, the film will also feature Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher and Aldis Hodge as Hawkman. DC superheroes Dr. Fate and Cyclone are also slated to appear in the film, but they have not been cast.
With a script from Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani for director Jaume Collet-Serra, the film recently lost its release date as Warner Bros. continues to postpone tentpole film releases. Nevertheless, its is clear the studio is intent on finally making the long-in-development film.