Palestinian-American comedian Mo Amer joins the cast of 'Black Adam'

Amer’s role in the Dwayne Johnson-starring superhero film is still being kept under wraps

Palestinian-American comedian and actor Mo Amer has joined the cast of the DC superhero film 'Black Adam'. Netflix
Palestinian-American comedian and actor Mo Amer has joined the cast of the DC superhero film 'Black Adam'. Netflix

Stand-up comedian Mohammed "Mo" Amer has joined the cast list of DC superhero film Black Adam.

The Palestinian-American comic's role is still being kept under wraps, but Amer will team up with the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, Pierce Brosnan, Aldis Hoge and Quintessa Swindell in the much-anticipated film.

Black Adam was initially set for a December 2021 release, but it has since been pushed back due to the pandemic. It is now expected to be released some time next year. The film is a prequel to 2019’s Shazam!, which starred Zachary Levi as the titular superhero.

Black Adam, often viewed as the nemesis of Shazam, will be the star of the eponymous movie, with Johnson playing the title role. The plot is expected to focus on the origin story of the character.

Though we don’t know the details of Amer’s involvement in Black Adam yet, his role in the film will almost certainly be in a comedic vein, especially given his track record.

Who is Mo Amer?

Amer is best known for his Netflix comedy special Mo Amer: The Vagabond, as well as his role as cousin Mo in the award-winning Hulu show Ramy. He is also a member of the comedy troupe Allah Made Me Funny and is set to appear in the forthcoming comedy Americanish.

In an interview with The National last year, Amer said his core aim as a comedian and actor were to provide a different narrative and to shed light on the Arab-American experience.

Born and raised in Kuwait, he moved with his family to Texas at the age of 9 following the first Gulf War. He decided to try his hand at stand-up as a teen, and soon discovered the comedy form was an ideal way of expressing himself and talking about his experiences.

Despite having established his life in the US, Amer's career has allowed him to stay very much connected to the Arab world, visiting the region two or three times a year prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated: April 14, 2021 03:02 PM

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