17 Feb 2021 3:52 PM +00:00 UTC

Black Adam Casts Aladdin’s Jafar Actor in a Mystery Role

Aladdin's Jafar played by Marwan Kenzari will be joining Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the upcoming eponymous antihero film of Black Adam and will be entering the DC Extended Universe after he has been tapped by Warner Bros. and New Line to be part of the film.

Kenzari's Jafar
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Kenzari will be added to the solid line-up of the cast for the DCEU film with Aldis Hodge who will take on Hawkman, Noah Centineo who will play Atom Smasher, and Quintessa Swindell who will be portraying Cyclone. However, Kenzari's role in the film has yet to be revealed.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson who will be donning the suit of Black Adam personally welcomed Kenzani via a tweet saying, "Welcome Marwan Kenzari to Black Adam. He brings real weight and skill and will be that force our story needs."


Marwan Kenzari has been known for his portrayal of Jafar in the live-action adaptation of Disney's Aladdin alongside Will Smith's Genie, Mena Massoud's Aladdin, and Naomi Scott's Princess Jasmine. Kenzari also appeared in Netflix's The Old Guard, Murder on the Orient Express, The Mummy in 2017, and Ben-Hur in 2016.

Black Adam has been in the works for decades and is finally having the chance to grace the screens in the upcoming film. Black Adam originally went by the name of Teth-Adam in the comics and he was given by the gods' powers making him the Mighty Adam. Black Adam liberated his people in Kahndaq and ruled with his own definition of justice.


Black Adam went on to be the judge, jury, and executioner to his people to protect them and keep an eye on them. Because of this, he was imprisoned by the gods who gave his powers saying that he abused what has been given to him.

The film will be set 5000 years later after Black Adam breaks free from his purgatory and as one of the most powerful characters in DCEU, he won't likely be thrilled to learn that someone else was vested by the gods the power that he had. He is set to be the nemesis of Shazam.

The film was originally scheduled to be released in late 2021 but due to the pandemic, it will likely be pushed back somewhere in 2022. There is no official word yet as to when it will premiere.

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