Early on Friday, 9/25/20020, reports began to circulate that Aldis Hodge (What Men Want, Invisible Man) was in talks to portray the Thanagarian Hawkman in the upcoming Black Adam movie. Not long after that report dropped Dwayne Johnson posted the amazing interaction he had with Aldis on Instagram which not only confirmed the talks but that Hodge had in fact been cast in the role.
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THIS IS HAWKMAN 🦅 A pleasure to welcome @aldis_hodge to BLACK ADAM. HAWKMAN is a critical leading role for our movie, as he is the fiery leader of the JSA (Justice Society of America) and one of the most beloved and legendary characters in the DC UNIVERSE. I called Aldis personally as I wanted to surprise him that he got the role and it wound up being one of the greatest conversations I’ve ever had. Aldis: Hello? DJ: Hello, I’d like to speak to Aldis. Aldis: Who is this? DJ: This is Dwayne Johnson. * long pause Aldis: Whoever this is stop playing on my phone. DJ: This is Dwayne, is this Aldis? * longer pause Aldis: This shit ain’t funny, I said stop playing on my fucking phone. DJ: Aldis, this is DJ. I just called to say thank you so much for sending in your audition – it was great and I really appreciate the efforts you made. Just wanted to say thanks and best of luck in all you do. And one more thing — welcome to Black Adam. * longest pause Aldis: I’m sorry you’ll have to hold on for a one second. * he puts the phone down and walks away and all I hear is inaudible yells 😂 Aldis: DJAYYYY OHHHHH SHIT!!!!!! * Im laughing my ass off by now. DJ: You ok? You’re gonna crush this role! We went on to have an awesome conversation full of gratitude, love and motivation. Can’t wait to work with this very talented brother. The perfect HAWKMAN. Let’s get to work. #aldishodge #jsa #hawkman 🦅 #blackadam⚡️
Aldis followed up with an Instagram post of his own since the cat was out of the bag.
Welcome to the DCEU Aldis. We look forward to seeing you wield your mace.
Jaume Collet-Serra is set to direct Black Adam based off of the script written by Rory Hanes and Sohrab Noshirvani. Black Adam is shooting for a December 22, 2021release.