Mark Strong Talks About Upcoming Film SHAZAM
The superhero movie Shazam has been shrouded in secrecy from inception. Some of the measures being taken to protect the scrip – encryption, disappearing text – could rival supernatural tricks themselves. But now actor Mark Strong (Kingsmen Movies) has much to say about the anticipated spinoff to the DC universe about a young boy who can turn into Captain Marvel by screaming the eponymous acronym.
Strong told an audience in London: “If you stop reading the script for 20 seconds then the whole thing goes fuzzy and you have to start again. Everything is watermarked and traceable too.
“I’m playing an evil bastard called Doctor Sivana, they are always the best characters to play, the most fun. I was Sinestro in Green Lantern which I though was a rather good film but it didn’t do what they wanted so I feel like I’ve got unfinished business in the DC world, I played a pretty evil character in that and he was meant to get even worse in the second one but that never happened but I think I’m going to get the chance to do that in ‘Shazam!’, I hope so.”
Shazam is a David Standberg project with Zachary Levi and Asher Angel set to play the main character. Strong, as he noted, is the lead nemesis. Strong notes that it has comedic moments: “It’s a funny film, it’s about a young boy who can become a superhero but still remains a young boy so there’s elements of ‘Big’ there’s elements of ‘Stranger Things’. I think originally the comic outsold ‘Superman’ in the 1940s.”
But it’s also been physically challenging for him: “I’ve been training like a mad man, I’m about to go over and see the stunt guys, I’ve been trying all of these harnesses on and I think I’m going to be doing lots of flying around and firing electricity out of my hands.”