‘Black Adam’: Dwayne Johnson Reunites With ‘Young Rock’ Star In Uli Latukefu In Superhero Film

Dwayne Johnson continues to give a boost to the careers of actors of Tongan descent, just as he did Roman Reigns in Hobbs & Shaw. Now he’s landed a role for Uli Latukefu in DC Comics film Black Adam, reuniting the two after Latukefu played a younger version of Johnson on NBC series Young Rock.

Deadline reports Latukefu has landed a role in Black Adam, which follows the DC Comics antihero and rival to Shazam. It’s unclear what Latukefu’s role will be, but perhaps he’ll play a younger Teth-Adam?

The cast of Black Adam is already huge and includes Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Pierce Brosnan as Dr. Fate, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, and Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, all members of the Justice Society of America. Sarah Shahi will play freedom fighter Adrianna Tomaz, with James Cusati-Moyer and Marwan Kenzari in roles that are being kept a mystery.

Latukefu has previously appeared in the series Marco Polo and Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. This would be his biggest feature role to date, though.

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, Black Adam opens July 29th 2022.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.