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Where You've Seen The Cast Of Black Adam Before

In "Black Adam," a superpowered antihero is freed from his 5,000-year prison sentence by a shadowy government organization. It's certainly possible that you already know everything there is to know about "Black Adam" – maybe even some untold secrets – but do you recognize everybody in the movie from their other roles?

The cast of this DC adventure is a mixture of veterans and newcomers. We know Viola Davis and Jennifer Holland from their appearances in projects like "The Suicide Squad" and "Peacemaker," but they both have plenty of other interesting roles under their belts. Noah Centineo and Sarah Shahi have both led multiple high-profile projects, while Dwayne Johnson, Pierce Brosnan, and Djimon Hounsou have some of the most recognizable faces in the world.

The film finds Black Adam, along with DC heroine Isis and her brother Karim, teaming up with Hawkman and the Justice Society of America in order to take down Ishmael Gregor's Intergang. You may know the Justice League, but the Justice Society is full of intriguing new heroes making their big screen debut. Who are all these characters and where have you seen the cast of "'Black Adam" before? 

Dwayne Johnson

The man playing Teth Adam, aka the titular antihero of "Black Adam," likely needs no introduction. After rising to prominence as WWE superstar The Rock, Dwayne Johnson set his sights on Hollywood, and it wasn't long before he'd conquered the screen. First and foremost, Johnson is a famous (and bankable) action film A-lister. He's starred in the "Fast & Furious" film series, its "Hobbs and Shaw" spinoff, "Southland Tales," "The Mummy" and "Scorpion King" franchise, and the "Jumanji" films. He's also delighted family audiences as the voice of the unforgettable demigod Maui in Disney's "Moana."

He's also carried or appeared in many reboots and remakes, such as "Hercules," "Baywatch," "Jem and the Holograms," the "G.I. Joe" soft reboot "Retaliation," "Race to Witch Mountain," 2008's "Get Smart," the big screen adaptation of Disney's classic "Jungle Cruise" ride, and the action movie based on the arcade classic "Rampage." Other film work includes the comedies "Central Intelligence," "Pain and Gain," "Tooth Fairy," and Netflix's "Red Notice" with Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot.

Johnson has also become a power player behind the camera, serving as a producer on many of his own projects, including TV series like the HBO comedy drama "Ballers" and "Young Rock," a roman à clef about his own childhood and youth.

Noah Centineo

Noah Centineo stars in "Black Adam" as Al "Atom Smasher" Rothstein, a member of the Justice Society sent to take Adam down. Early on in his career, Noah played Hawk Carter in the webseries "T@gged," and appeared on Disney's songwriter comedy "Austin & Ally." In addition to star turns in the Disney Channel original movie "How to Build a Better Boy" and Netflix's "The Perfect Date," he played the love interest in the "Havana" music video from Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug.

But let's be honest — if you know Noah Centineo from any one role, it's probably his indelible performance as Jesus Adams Foster on "The Fosters" and "Good Trouble." He plays a sweet kid who tries really hard despite a few large setbacks, including a traumatic brain injury that alters his personality. You may also have seen him as Peter in "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" and its sequels, "To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You" and "To All the Boys: Always and Forever."

Aldis Hodge

Justice Society leader Hawkman, aka Carter Hall, is played by Aldis Hodge, whose earliest TV roles included Ray "Voodoo" Tatum on "Friday Night Lights," Travis Grant on "Numb3rs," and Wilmore on the musical series "American Dreams." Hodge went on to star on "Leverage" and "Leverage: Redemption" as Alec Hardison, "TURN: Washington's Spies" as Jordan, and WGN's "Underground" as Noah. Other TV appearances include "City on a Hill," the two-part "Supernatural" episode "All Hell Breaks Loose," and the "Black Museum" episode of "Black Mirror."

Hodge made his feature film debut as in 1995's "Die Hard with a Vengeance," and has since been seen in the Coen Brothers' remake of "The Ladykillers," the historical drama "Hidden Figures," and Leigh Whannell's 2020 take on "The Invisible Man," among others. He may also sound familiar, as he's another member of the "Black Adam" cast who's an accomplished voice actor. He played Frankie on "The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder," and he's even been a DC superhero before, voicing the Green Lantern John Stewart in the animated feature "Green Lantern: Beware My Power."

Patrick Sabongui

Before playing Rami in "Black Adam," Quebecois actor Patrick Sabongui was best known as the Persian General in "300," or maybe for appearing in "Godzilla" — but most of his roles have been on television, where he's been a prolific and welcome constant for 20 years. Sabongui's even been in the DC Universe before — albeit as a different character in a different timeline — playing Captain David Singh on "Arrow," "The Flash," and "Supergirl." 

Other memorable roles include Nathan Price on The CW's "Kung Fu" reboot and Sindri on "The 100," as well as long-running stints on "Primeval: New World," "Beyond," "Shooter," and "Stargate: Atlantis." More recently, you might have seen him on "Virgin River" as Todd Masry, "Firefly Lane" as Professor Chad Wiley, "Blood & Treasure" as Asim Massod, and the "Get Shorty" TV series as Judah. He'll also be familiar to fans of "The Magicians," "Homeland," "Fringe," "Psych," or "The Good Doctor" for his many guest appearances.

Sabongui's feature film roles include Earl in "Sucker Punch," Amir in "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," and Bobby in "White House Down." He appeared memorably in "Godzilla" as Lieutenant Commander Marcus Waltz, and as Gaming Program 1S in "TRON: Legacy."

Joseph Gatt

Joseph Gatt, who plays the gigantic Squad Leader in "Black Adam," has been a memorable presence in films like "The Retaliators," Tim Burton's "Dumbo," and "Espionage Tonight." He's also appeared in "Never Leave Alive" and "Finding Eden," although you probably first saw him either as Gundroth the Frost Giant in the first "Thor" movie, or as a science officer in "Star Trek Into Darkness."

Gatt's made some striking appearances on genre TV as well, starring as the roving kidnapper known as The Man on "Z Nation," and as prisoner The Albino on "Banshee" and "Banshee Origins." Guest spots on shows like "Lucky Man," "The 100," and "Teen Wolf" line his resume, and he also played Thenn Warg on "Game of Thrones" and Victor Zelko on "NCIS: New Orleans."

It's very possible you recognize Gatt's distinctive voice from the "Star Wars: The Old Republic" games, in which he's played Lord Scourge and other assorted characters. He can also be heard in "Elder Scrolls Online" as various creeps, including vampire/High Elf Verandis Ravenwatch and the Dark Brotherhood's Terenus.

Quintessa Swindell

Quintessa Swindell has only played a few movie roles so far, but they've all been pretty memorable. Their turn as young Julie in Neil Burger's "Voyagers" is heartbreaking, and they were a particular highlight as Amelia in Abid Khan's "Granada Nights." Swindell's appearance in "Black Adam" as Maxine "Cyclone" Hunkel will be their highest-profile big screen gig to date, but they've already got an impressive television resume. 

They played the hard-to-reach patient Laila across six episodes of the reboot of the reliably harrowing "In Treatment." Brought in for treatment by her grandmother, Laila's fantasies of escape and running away will be familiar to many young people. Swindell also appeared in both seasons of Netflix's lauded drama "Trinkets" as wealthy teen kleptomaniac Tabitha Foster, whose soccer-playing boyfriend Brady coerces her into having a relationship. 

It's very possible, however, that you remember Quintessa Swindell best as a pivotal character in a single episode of the first season of "Euphoria." In the episode "The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed," they appeared as Anna, the hypnotically supportive woman Jules falls for when she runs away to New York City.

Pierce Brosnan

The photogenic Pierce Brosnan plays Kent Nelson, the man known as Doctor Fate, in "Black Adam." Brosnan famous for several high-profile roles. He played Sam, one of the three dads, in "Mamma Mia!" He also memorably played Professor Donald Kessler in "Mars Attacks!" and Alex in "The Mirror Has Two Faces."

But Pierce Brosnan will always be best known for some iconic action and espionage roles. Before he played the title role in 1999's "The Thomas Crown Affair," he was an icon of '80s TV in the lead role on "Remington Steele." And of course, he played James Bond in "GoldenEye," "Tomorrow Never Dies," "The World Is Not Enough," and "Die Another Day."

Brosnan has also made plenty of other memorable appearances in miniseries and TV shows like 1988's "The Son," 1989's "Around the World in 80 Days," and the AMC historical drama "The Son." On the lighter side, he's been a standout presence in "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga," "The World's End," and "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief."

Sarah Shahi

"Black Adam" features Sarah Shahi as Isis, aka Adrianna Tomaz. Born in the small town of Euless, Texas, Shahi started doing beauty pageants when she was just eight years old, and joined the Dallas Cheerleaders in 1999 despite having no cheerleading experience (per USA Today). There's just something about her that people really like.

Since a small but memorable role as Erica in Tod Philips' "Old School," Shahi has anchored several network dramas. She played Jessica Russo on "The Rookie," Renée Royce on "Chicago Fire," Sameen Shaw on "Person of Interest," Dani Reese in "Life," and Carmen de la Pica Morales, whom Shane left at the altar on "The L Word." Other roles include Billie Connelly on "Sex/Life," Rachel Benham on "City on a Hill," Mara Kint on "Reverie," and Kate Reed on "Fairly Legal." She also put it guest turns on shows like "Sleeper Cell," the comedy "Teachers," and even classics like "Alias," "The Sopranos," and "Dawson's Creek."

Mohammed Amer

Isis' brother Karim in "Black Adam" is one of comparatively few roles comedian Mohammed Amer has taken that aren't based on his own life. A lot of Mo's comedy comes from his experiences growing up as a Palestinian refugee, moving to Houston, Texas, from Kuwait in 1990 when he was nine years old (per NPR). 

Of course, it's standard practice for stand-up comedians to craft dramatized versions of their own lives, and it's no surprise that Amer has been drawn to roles that resonate with his background. In an episode of Pete Holmes' HBO comedy-about-comedy "Crashing," he plays Mo Amer, a friend to the series' star. He's also been seen in two seasons of Hulu's eye-opening "Ramy" as Ramy's cousin Mo. And What's Mohammed doing these days, besides "Black Adam"? He's playing the title character in his own Netflix comedy, which is called — you guessed it — "Mo."

Marwan Kenzari

Playing the demon-obsessed Sabbac in "Black Adam" is Marwan Kenzari, a prolific Dutch actor of Tunisian descent who got his start mostly in Dutch films, like his role as Majid the kickboxer in "Wolf." But in 2016 he appeared in three films — the heist film "Collide," a "Ben-Hur" remake, and "The Promise" with Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale — that set him on the path to Hollywood stardom.

The next year was just as promising, with the Tom Cruise-led remake of "The Mummy," a meaty role as Monday's love interest in the dystopian "What Happened to Monday," and Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of the Hercule Poirot mystery "Murder on the Orient Express." 2020's "The Old Guard" featured Kenzari as Joe, a role he'll reprise for the sequel. But above all these high-profile roles, it's most likely that you remember him as the magnetic villain Jafar in Disney's live-action remake of "Aladdin."

Viola Davis

Viola Davis won accolades in 2022 for her performance as Nanisca in "The Woman King," but she's been involved in a ton of cinematic classics. "Fences," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Far from Heaven," "Out of Sight," "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," "Doubt," and "Antwone Fisher" are all beloved films with one thing in common: a memorable appearance (in some cases starring but in all cases scene-stealing) from Viola Davis.

Davis' science fiction and fantasy bona fides are pretty strong, too. She was powerful in Steven Soderbergh's melancholy "Solaris" remake and the divisive "Ender's Game," and she made memorable appearances in both "Knight and Day" and "Kate & Leopold." On the small screen, she's played Michelle Obama on Showtime's "The First Lady" and has given particularly great performances on "United States of Tara" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." But she's probably best recognized for her most enduring role, Annaliese Keating on "How to Get Away with Murder."

Of course, all of that is in addition to her work across the DC Extended Universe as morally ambiguous Task Force X director Amanda Waller. Having been a highlight of both "Suicide Squad" movies and the "Peacemaker" TV series, she reprises the role here in "Black Adam." 

Jennifer Holland

In "Black Adam," Jennifer Holland reprises the role you for which probably know her best: Agent Emilia Harcourt from "The Suicide Squad" and "Peacemaker." (Both of those projects were directed by her husband, James Gunn, the pair having met through Michael Rosenbaum, who played Lex Luthor on "Smallville," per Us Weekly.) Harcourt's involvement in the events of "Black Adam" alongside her boss Amanda Waller could mean some big things for the shape of the DC Extended Universe.

Before joining the DCEU, Holland played the cheerleader Ashley in "American Pie Presents: The Book of Love," as well as Becky Phillips on the CMT limited series "Sun Records," the star-studded story of a famous Nashville record label. She could also be seen in one-episode guest spots on the TV series remake of "Rush Hour," the Eric McCormack-starring crime drama "Perception," and fan-favorite hits like "Bones," "Rizzoli and Isles," and A&E's four-season drama "The Glades."

On the darker side, Holland took on a major feature film role as Ms. Espenschied in the grim superhero horror movie "Brightburn" — also produced by Gunn, and a story about a much bleaker twist on Superman than even Black Adam could ever be — and took a shift as Nurse Blackwell in two episodes of "American Horror Story: Asylum."

Djimon Hounsou

Celebrated actor and model Djimon Hounsou plays Shazam, the ancient wizard who bestows powers upon both Black Adam and Billy Batson. You've already seen him play the role once before, in "Shazam!" (and you'll see him again in "Shazam! Fury of the Gods"), but you've also probably seen Hounsou in a million other things.

Hounsou's prestigious filmography includes high-profile projects like "Amistad," "Gladiator," "In America," and "Blood Diamond" — dramatic turns that have brought him no small amount of awards attention over the years. You may recognize Hounsou from his other comic book movie roles, though. He quite memorably played Papa Midnite in the 2005 Keanu Reeves-led DC adaptation "Constantine," and he's crossed the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Korath the Pursuer in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Captain Marvel." The character served in the Starforce during the Kree-Skrull War, and worked for Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).

Earlier in his career, Hounsou lent his striking image to a number of music videos, including "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" by Janet Jackson, "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul, and "Hold On" by En Vogue. He also appears in the "Express Yourself" music video by Madonna.