Last November we heard that Mark Strong was in talks to play Doctor Sivana in Shazam, and today in a new interview with Contact Music, he confirmed that he’s signed the dotted line.

“I’m playing an evil bastard called Doctor Sivana, they are always the best characters to play, the most fun,” Strong said. “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.”

“It’s a funny film,” Strong added. “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.”

“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.”

Strong also spoke about the secrecy around the Shazam script. It’s encrypted, watermarked, and traceable. “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,” Strong explained.

Shazam begins shooting in Toronto next month. It hits theaters on April 5, 2019.

SOURCE: Contact Music