Pierce Brosnan has been cast to play the DC hero and mystic mage Dr. Fate opposite Dwayne Johnson in Warner Bros./New Line’s forthcoming Black Adam feature.
According to The Hollywood Reporter: The name is Fate. Dr. Fate. In the first superhero foray of his career, Pierce Brosnan has nabbed the plum role of classic hero Dr. Fate opposite Dwayne Johnson in Black Adam, New Line’s action-adventure project featuring the DC Comics antihero. Brosnan, known for being one of only a handful of actors to inhabit the James Bond mantle, 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. Already suited up are 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.
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 #5.
The helmet allows the wearer to be controlled by Nabu, the most powerful Lord of Order battling the forces of Chaos magic.
Fate would go on to headline the title throughout the remainder of the golden age. He is considered one of the most powerful wielders of magic in the DC Universe.