The name is Fate. Dr. Fate. In the first superhero foray of his career, Pierce Brosnan joins DC as Dr. Fate opposite Dwayne Johnson in Black Adam, New Line’s action-adventure project featuring the DC Comics antihero. Brosnan is the last key member of the roll call for the production that will feature the big-screen debut of the Justice Society, DC’s precursor to the Justice League that takes a familial and multigenerational approach to heroics. He will be joined by Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher and Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone.
Black Adam is the second New Line/DC film following 2019’s critical and commercial hit Shazam!, with the two characters, Shazam and Black Adam, being archrivals in the DC Universe. The project is headed toward an April start of production in Atlanta.
Plot details are being kept shrouded behind a veil of secrecy, as are character details for Marwan Kenzari, the Aladdin and The Old Guard actor who is also in the cast.
Brosnan will play Kent Nelson, aka the good Dr. Fate, a son of an archaeologist who was taught sorcery skills and given the magical Helmet of Fate. The character, created by Gardner Fox and Howard Sherman, is one of DC’s oldest characters, having first appeared in 1940’s More Fun Comics No. 55.
Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed Johnson opposite Emily Blunt in Disney’s upcoming Jungle Cruise, is directing Black Adam.
Brosnan is a veteran actor with dozens of credits, although he may be best known globally for his suave and sophisticated take on James Bond in the 007 movies in the 1990s and early 2000s, which grossed almost $1.5 billion. He also starred in the hit remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, the first studio project under his Irish DreamTime production banner, as well as the blockbuster Mamma Mia! films, and critically acclaimed thrillers The Matador and The Ghost Writer. The actor and environmentalist-philanthropist was most recently seen in Netflix’s comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga alongside Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams, and next appears in the musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale Cinderella releasing this July. Now he can add Black Adam to his credits as Pierce Brosnan joins DC to play Dr. Fate.