Dwayne Johnson to Star in DC ‘Black Adam’ Spin-Off

Project will be developed concurrently with New Line’s “Shazam!,” set to come out in 2019

Dwayne Johnson will star as Black Adam in a standalone film for New Line, TheWrap has learned.

The Black Adam movie will be developed concurrently with New Line’s “Shazam!,” in which Johnson will also appear as Black Adam. Both films are part of the DC Cinematic Universe.

Last week, Johnson teased a meeting with DC Films co-head Geoff Johns, promising “hope, optimism & FUN.”

Johnson has been attached to play the character since 2008, but there is currently no writer or filmmaker attached to “Black Adam.”

Johnson has become one of the busiest actors in Hollywood. The former WWE wrestler is currently in post-production for “The Fate of the Furious,” “Baywatch” and “Jumanji.” His most recent credits include the animated film “Moana,” as well as “Central Intelligence” and “Furious 7.”

New Line’s upcoming slate includes “Fist Fight,” “Going in Style,” “Annabelle 2” and “It.” The company collaborated with Johnson on “Central Intelligence” last year, and also released “The Conjuring 2,” “Lights Out,” “Me Before You” and “Collateral Beauty.”

Johnson is represented by Viewpoint and WME.