Category: Casting News

Press: ‘Black Adam’ – Aldis Hodge in Talks to Play Hawkman in New Line’s DC Movie

Friday, Sep 25, 2020

Don’t forget your mace.

Aldis Hodge, who starred in City on the Hill and appeared in this year’s remake of The Invisible Man, has nabbed the high-flying role of Hawkman in Black Adam and is now in final negotiations to join New Line’s action-adventure thriller featuring the DC Comics antihero starring Dwayne Johnson.

Jaume Collet-Serra, who directed Johnson in the upcoming Disney adventure film Jungle Cruise, is directing.

Longtime Johnson collaborator Beau Flynn is producing via FlynnPictureCo., along with Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia via their Seven Bucks Productions. Scott Sheldon will oversee for FlynnPictureCo. and will also serve as executive producer.

The story is tied to 2019’s hit Shazam! and centers on the character who was first created as that squinty-eyed hero’s archnemesis but evolved into a more layered individual.

An enticing factor for fans is the introduction in Black Adam of the Justice Society of America, a multi-generational group that preceded the Justice League. Characters Atom Smasher (to played by Noah Centineo), as well as Doctor Fate and Cyclone, who have yet to be cast, will figure into the story.

Hawkman, who first appeared in 1940’s Flash Comics No. 1, is one of a pair of lovers from Ancient Egypt destined to constantly be reincarnated throughout time and space, with many rebirths leading to an emergence as a hawk-themed hero using both giant wings and an alien element called “nth metal,” which negates gravity and allows him to fly. In contemporary times, he’s Carter Hall, an archaeologist-turned-adventurer who struggles with anger issues — and his ability to control a mace.

Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani wrote the latest draft. Adam Sztykiel worked on the previous writer draft.

Black Adam is due out Dec. 22, 2021.

Hodge is the having a hot moment as he is one of the stars in One Night in Miami, Regina King’s historical drama that is generating Oscar buzz this awards season. He also co-starred with Elisabeth Moss in one of the biggest theatrical movies of the year, Universal and Blumhouse’s remake of The Invisible Man.

The actor has been gaining steam with strong notices for his appearances in movies such as 2016’s Straight Outta Compton, in which he played MC Ren, and 2017’s Hidden Figures, and for starring with Jurnee Smollett on WGN’s Underground, co-created by Lovecraft Country’s Misha Green.

Hodge is repped by Paradigm, The Priluck Company, and Ziffren Brittenham.

—Graeme McMillan contributed to this story.

Dwayne Johnson later confirmed the casting and told an amusing story about Aldis.

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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??

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Press: ‘Leverage’ Reboot Starring Noah Wyle Ordered By IMDb TV; Original Series’ Team, 4 Cast Members Set To Return

Monday, Jun 1, 2020

DEADLINE – Dean Devlin, John Rogers and Chris Downey’s cult 2008 crime drama series Leverage is coming back with a new lead. IMDb TV, Amazon’s free, ad-supported streaming service, has ordered a Leverage reimagining, headlined by Noah Wyle in a reunion with Rogers and Devlin after their collaboration on The Librarian/The Librarians franchise. It marks the first major original series for IMDb TV, whose content team recently moved under the Amazon Studios umbrella.

The reimagining will include new characters, including one played by five-time Emmy nominee Wyle, who also will direct two of the 13 episodes. He will be joined by original cast members Beth Riesgraf, reprising her character as “Parker” and also directing an episode; Gina Bellman as “Sophie Devereaux”; and Christian Kane as “Eliot Spencer”– who will all be series regulars — as well as Aldis Hodge, who will return as “Alec Hardison” in a recurring role, subject to availability from his Showtime series City on a Hill, whose Season 2 will likely be filming at the same time as Leverage.

The one original Leverage cast member not returning for the reboot is lead Timothy Hutton, who recently faced sexual assault allegations.

The Leverage sequel is a fresh update of the original concept, about reformed crooks using their unique skills to right corporate and governmental injustices inflicted on common citizens.

The original series’ EP/director Devlin of Electric Entertainment is spearheading the followup series. He is executive producing the revival, with Leverage creators Rogers and Downey returning as consulting producers. Additional EPs for the reimagening include Marc Roskin, Rachel Olschan-Wilson and Kate Rorick.

“Since the day it was cancelled, I’ve longed to return to the world of Leverage. The show, the characters, the cast and the people who made it happen all hold a very special place in my heart,” said Devlin. “Our new series with Amazon Studios and IMDb TV is a re-imagining of the original premise. While Leverage centered on a crusade to avenge the death of a child, this series is propelled forward as a redemption story of misdeeds that need amends. I could not be more excited and fired up about returning to the world of Hitter, Hacker, Grifter, Thief!!”

The original Leverage series ran on TNT for five seasons from 2008-2012. It was a rarity at the time — a high-end drama series on a major TV network financed and produced independently by Devlin’s Electric Entertainment. “I’m incredibly proud of the show and what we’ve accomplished,” Devlin wrote in a letter to fans ahead of the Leverage series finale.

The pickup of a new Leverage installment follows the success of the the original Leverage series on IMDb TV, where it has been a popular title since its July 2019 launch.

That is an approach Devlin and Rogers took with The Librarians, the TNT series follow-up to their successful The Librarian original movie franchise for the network. The films’ star Wyle executive produced, directed, wrote and recurred as his Librarian character Flynn Carsen on the series, which ran for four seasons. Other cast members from the movies also came back as supporting players on the series, alongside a new ensemble led by Rebecca Romijn and Leverage‘s Kane.

Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has the upcoming Season 3 of the CW’s summer fantasy adventure series The Outpost as well as WGN America’s new drama Almost Paradise.

IMDb TV, available as an app on FireTV and a free channel within the Prime Video and IMDb apps across hundreds of devices, currently features a range of TV and film library titles and has no direct link to Amazon Prime Video originals. In addition to Leverage, its offerings include TV shows such as Chicago Fire, Schitt’s Creek, The Middle, Desperate Housewives and Friday Night Lights, and movies like Blade Runner 2049, Scooby-Doo, Spider-Man, The Smurfs and Spotlight.

I hear Wyle has a one-year deal to star in the new Leverage. Filming is tentatively slated to begin in late June-early July in Louisiana following safety protocols to protect the cast and crew from the coronavirus pandemic.

Following his 15-season run on ER, Wyle headlined the TNT sci-fi drama series Falling Skies, which ran for five seasons and where he made his directorial debut. Through Slippery Moon Productions, his new production label with Zach Luna, Wyle is working on several projects including a limited-series adaptation of the 2016 Hungarian Oscar submission film Kills on Wheels. Wyle is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Gersh.

Hodge, who plays the co-lead opposite Kevin Bacon on Showtime’s City on a Hill, recently starred in the hit horror movie The Invisible Man. He is repped by Paradigm and Priluck Company.

Riesgraf co-stars on Paramount Network’s 68 Whiskey, which has done well and looks promising for renewal. I hear an arrangement has been made for her to be a series regular on both 68 Whiskey and Leverage. She previously did an arc on The Librarians. Riesgraf is repped by A3 Artists Agency and Silver Lining Entertainment.

Bellman is heavily recurring on Season 2 of Sky’s Bulletproof. Also known for her starring role on BBC’s hit comedy Coupling, she is repped by Insight Entertainment, KMR & Associates and United Agents in London.

Kane currently headlines another Electric Entertainment series, WGNA’s Almost Paradise. He is repped by BRS / Gage Talent Agency.

Press: Regina King Directing Debut ‘One Night In Miami’ Underway With Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge & Leslie Odom Jr As ’60s Icons

Friday, Jan 10, 2020

DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Regina King has started production in New Orleans on One Night In Miami, with Kingsley Ben-Adir (The OA) as civil rights activist Malcolm X, Eli Goree (Riverdale) as Cassius Clay right before he became Muhammad Ali, Aldis Hodge (Clemency) as gridiron great Jim Brown, and Grammy and Tony Award-winner Leslie Odom, Jr. (Harriet) playing singer Sam Cooke.

The film is an adaptation of the Olivier-nominated stage play by Kemp Powers, who wrote the script. Set on the night of February 25, 1964, the drama follows the brash young Cassius Clay after he shocked the world by knocking out seemingly invincible Sonny Liston to become heavyweight champion. While crowds of people swarm Miami Beach to celebrate the match, Clay – unable to stay on the island because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws – spends the evening at the Hampton House Motel in Miami’s African American Overtown neighborhood celebrating with three of his closest friends: Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown. All of them were beginning to assert themselves in the Civil Rights movement and the empowerment of black people, and it was an evening to share their thoughts with each other on their responsibility to use their influence and stature to benefit the black community. By night’s end, they leave each other determined to define a new world.

”’One Night in Miami is a love letter to black manhood that powerfully explores themes of race, identity, and friendship,” said King, who makes her directing debut fresh from winning the Oscar for the Barry Jenkins-directed If Beale Street Could Talk. “Each of them has contributed so much to culture and history. We’re so excited to have Kingsley, Eli, Aldis, and Leslie in the lead roles showing a different side of these iconic men.”

The play was originally staged in 2013, taking an actual event — the meeting between the iconic figures — and imagining what transpired between them as their friendship, successes and shared struggles fueled their paths to becoming galvanizing figures of their era. Odom will perform Cooke’s songs, including A Change Is Gonna Come.

Jess Wu Calder and Keith Calder of Snoot Entertainment (Blindspotting) and Jody Klein of ABKCO (The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus) are producing, with King and Powers the executive producers.

The cinematographer is Tami Reiker (Beyond the Lights), costume designer is Francine Jamison-Tanchuck (Just Mercy), the production designer is Barry Robison (Hacksaw Ridge) and editor is Tariq Anwar (King’s Speech and American Beauty).

Ben-Adir is repped by CAA. Goree is repped by Authentic Talent and Literary Management and Play Management. Hodge is managed by Jason Priluck, Paradigm, and Ziffren Brittenham. Odom Jr. is repped by Untitled, CAA, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer; King is repped by ICM Partners, John Carrabino Management, and Del, Shaw.

Press: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Gets Miniseries ‘Short Treks’

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2018

VARIETY – The “Star Trek” universe is expanding.

During the Comic-Con panel for “Star Trek: Discovery,” show co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman announced the upcoming launch of a four-part miniseries titled “Star Trek: Short Treks” this fall.

Rolling out on CBS All Access on a monthly basis, each of the four “Short Treks” episodes will be approximately 10-15 minutes long, and dig deeper into specific characters and themes explored on “Discovery.”

Rainn Wilson will return to play Harry Mudd in a short he will also direct, while Aldis Hodge will star in another as Craft, a man who finds himself as the only human on board a deserted ship. Additional episodes include a deep dive into Saru’s (Doug Jones) backstory as the first Kelpien to join Starfleet, and Tilly’s (Mary Wiseman) journey aboard the U.S.S. Discovery and her friendship with an unlikely partner.

In addition to the announcement, “Discovery” fans were treated to the first trailer for the upcoming second season, which came days after images from Season 2 were released, depicting Michael Burnham aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise and Linus, a Saurian officer.

The trailer links “Discovery,” which is set roughly a decade before James Kirk takes the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise, with former Enterprise Captain Christopher Pike taking command of the U.S.S. Discovery, due to a Federation regulation that takes effect in times of imminent danger. Red flares are popping up throughout space and the Federation can’t determine whether they’re friendly greetings or malevolent declarations. To top it off? Vulcan icon Spock may be involved.

The trailer also offers a first look at the show’s spiffy throwback uniforms, with Pike’s duds giving fans a flashback to the gold shirts of the original series.

The Blacklist taps Aldis Hodge as new bad guy

Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017

 

EW – Aldis Hodge is heading to The Blacklist!

 

EW has learned exclusively that the Underground and Hidden Figures actor will guest-star on the NBC drama in an episode slated for May.

 

Hodge will play Mario Dixon, a high-end thief with uncommon tastes. He’s on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for stealing luxury items, but with his powerful physique and violent tendencies, he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty. Though he’s not technically a blacklister, Mario is definitely not a good guy.

 

The Blacklist returns Thursday, April 20 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. The Blacklist: Redemption airs in that timeslot until then.

‘Straight Outta Compton’s’ Aldis Hodge Joins ‘Hidden Figures’

Saturday, Mar 12, 2016

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer are starring in the film about the women who helped NASA’s first successful space missions.

 

On the day his new show Underground premieres, Aldis Hodge has lined up another role. He’ll join Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer in the based-on-a-true story film Hidden Figures.

 

Theodore Melfi is directing the film that centers on a team of African-American women who helped NASA with the mathematical data needed to launch its first successful space missions. Janelle Monae plays the third woman in the trio of mathematicians who help out the space program. Kevin Costner is also attached to the film, which is being produced by Chernin Entertainment and Donna Gigliotti.

 

Allison Schroeder wrote the screenplay based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book, which will hit shelves in September via HarperCollins’ William Morrow.

 

Fox 2000 has slated Hidden Figures for release on Jan. 13, 2017

‘Jack Reacher 2’ Eyes ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Actor

Thursday, Sep 17, 2015

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The success of Universal’s “Straight Outta Compton” continues to pay dividends for its breakout cast — Aldis Hodge, who played MC Ren in the film, has landed his next project.

 

Sources tell Variety that Hodge is in talks to join Tom Cruise in Paramount and Skydance’s “Jack Reacher 2.”

 

Variety previously reported that “Heroes Reborn” star Danika Yarosh was the choice for one of the female leads along with Cobie Smulders, who is currently in negotiations to join the film.

 

Ed Zwick is set to direct. Zwick and and Marshall Herskovitz wrote the most recent draft of the script after Richard Wenk penned the original draft.

 

Paramount grossed $218 million worldwide from 2012’s “Jack Reacher,” directed by Christopher McQuarrie from his own script based on the Lee Child series of novels. The sequel will be based on Child’s “Never Go Back,” in which Reacher travels from South Dakota to the Virginia headquarters of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps and finds that his new commanding officer has been arrested.

 

Details on Hodge’s role are under wraps at this time.

 

Cruise and Don Granger are producing.

 

Hodge joins his fellow “Straight Outta Compton” co-stars Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins in lining up high profile followups to the N.W.A. biopic. Both Mitchell and Hawkins were recently cast in the King Kong prequel “Kong: Skull Island” which just left Universal for Warner Bros.

 

Hodge previously appeared in a recurring role on AMC show “Turn” and some of his past credits include “The East,” “Leverage” and “A Good Day to Die Hard.” He is repped by Paradigm and Priluck Company.

 

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Is Marvel Studios Targeting Black Panther Debut Soon With Actor Aldis Hodge in Mind?

Monday, Sep 10, 2012
Is Marvel Studios Targeting Black Panther Debut Soon With Actor Aldis Hodge in Mind?

By Daniel Wolf
Editor-in-Chief

Before Marvel Studios announced that Guardians of the Galaxy would be hitting the big screen in August 2014, rumors were rampant saying a Black Panther movie would be the next solo franchise to be release. Obviously this was not the case but recent information has rumors circulating saying that Black Panther could be joining the Marvel cinematic universe sooner than later.

Per the Twitter account owned by one unknown Roger Wardell, who has reported Marvel info before the studio has made official announcements about the same info, it seems actor Aldis Hodge (Leverage) is a possible target to play the King of Wakanda.

Well, technically Wardell said Hodge is on the radar but doesn’t give further details. Having Hodge as Black Panther is merely a guess on our part but it makes sense seeing as how Hodge was quoted as talking about this role back in July, during Comic-Con.

“To me, it would be amazing for Marvel to put that out there,” Hodge told TVLine.com during Comic-Con. “Because think about how many superhero movies we have but how many of [the heroes], from a cultural standpoint, are black?” he continues. “How many African-American kids, or Latin kids, any kids of any other culture or ethnic group, can look at somebody up there and say, ‘Wow, I could be that.’ We don’t have that very often at all.”

Hodge continued, and showed a bit of the fanboy in him, regarding the potential of making an actual Black Panther movie.

“[A Black Panther movie] would just be plain cool, man! I grew up in a Marvel universe, and Black Panther was my connection to make me feel like I could be a superhero,” Hodge said. “And The Avengers [movie] falls right into it because The Ultimate Avengers 2 [comic book series] is how Black Panther gets introduced, so it would flow naturally. It’d be a smart time to do it.”

Perhaps Marvel is considering a debut for the Black Panther in one of their other Phase Two solo films of maybe in The Avengers 2. But this is just a guess on our part, here at The Daily SuperHero.

Whether we can consider this Wardell Twitter account to be legit or not remains to be seen but his track record seems to speak for itself since he did report on casting news for Captain America: The Winter Soldier before Marvel made their own announcements.

Stay tuned.
Sourcce: Daily Superhero

Quote – Aldis Hodge is current fan favorite for Black Panther

Friday, Jun 29, 2012
Quote – Aldis Hodge is current fan favorite for Black Panther

Marvel are riding high on the waves of success at the minute and a few months ago announced the line up for their next few films. among the regulars of Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2 there were a couple of surprises with Marvel announcing two secret films. Immediately there was speculation that the 2014 secret movie would be a Black Panther origin story. Black Panther is one of my favourite characters in the Marvel universe and really does deserve a film and in the past week or so there has been no shortage of actors saying that they would love to be a part of the film. Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter) said that he hoped to be a part of The Incredible Hulk but wasn’t and would sign on to Black Panther today; Brian J. White (Cabin in the Woods, Brick) has also said he would love to work with Marvel when he was linked with the role but I don’t think that he looks the part so I would count him out straight away; Aldis Hodge (Leverage) seems to be the current fan favourite out of people who have confirmed their interest in the role and just by looking at him you have to say that he does seem to be the perfect fit. I would still hope that Djimon Hounsou got the part but maybe Marvel will go for a lesser known and cheaper actor for the part.

(left to right) Fan favourite Aldis Hodge; Marvel superhero Black Panther; my pick Djimon Hounsou.

 

Source: The Movie Universe

Oh No They Didn’t! readers debate – Aldis Hodge for Black Panther…or Lil Romeo?

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012
Oh No They Didn’t! readers debate – Aldis Hodge for Black Panther…or Lil Romeo?

I think  you know my opinion on this so I won’t even say lol

 


With Marvel possibly doing a film on the Black Panther, is that a role you can see yourself doing?
Romeo Miller forever Lil’ Romeo: I would love to. I remember that before ‘Jumping the Broom’ got released, there were some producers were talking about shopping the script to some people and I was one of the people they contacted and was asked if it was something I would be interested in. You never know. I definitely want to take in and be the next big action hero. That may be something that’s cool.

Oh, hell no


Do you have a favorite comic book series?
Aldis Hodge: Growing up I was a fan of Black Panther and X-Men comic books. I was also a huge Batman fan. There’s recently been a little buzz online about Marvel pushing for Black Panther, and I’ve been in love with the idea for years. I want the fans to know that the one role I really want to play is Black Panther. I grew up loving the Marvel world, and grew up on martial arts. I still train. When Black Panther came around, he was almost like an African American Batman.

Read the comments Oh No They Didn’t! It seems that Team Aldis is the popular opinion for both Black Panther and Finnick from The Hunger Games series.