It’s been known for a while that Sarah Shahi is starring in Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam movie as Adrianna, who may or may not become the superhero Isis like her comic book counterpart. When Shahi joined the film last year, her casting announcement described Adrianna as a Kahndaqi freedom fighter. However, it wasn’t clear who she would be fighting against…until now. While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Shahi confirmed that Black Adam will feature a familiar team of DC villains.
“I play a character named Adrianna,” said Shahi. “And she’s a freedom fighter that’s leading this big resistance against an evil, malicious group called Intergang.”
Intergang has been a recurring fixture in DC’s comic universe ever since Jack Kirby introduced its original lineup in 1970. These criminals famously outfit themselves with high tech armor and weaponry supplied by Apokolips. Their ranks are also subject to frequent change. Over the last 50+ years, the organization has included Morgan Edge, Doctor Sivana, and even Lex Luthor among its members.
During the interview Shahi also shared more about her personal goals for Black Adam. And she also hopes that the film will lead to better roles for Middle Eastern performers.
“I’m Middle Eastern; I’m Persian,” added Shahi. “And there’s not a lot of Middle Eastern representation out there, so being in a movie like this really helps make a statement for my culture and where I come from. There are other Middle Eastern actors that I know who are either getting cast in terrorist roles or they’re really being stereotyped by how they look. So I’m hoping that, on some level, Black Adam will help break open that stereotype. And hopefully, Hollywood will become more colorblind in a way, and will open itself up to more Middle Eastern actors and storylines. And on top of that, this is the first thing I’ve been a part of that my kids can actually watch. (Laughs.) So that’s nice.”
Black Adam hits theaters on July 29, 2022.
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