Warner Bros. has announced that David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! movie starring Chuck alum Zachary Levi is set to hit theaters on April 5, 2019.
Disney star Asher Angel has been cast as the young Billy Batson, with Levi playing the titular superhero. Grace Fulton, Cooper Andrews, Jack Dylan Grazer, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand and Faithe Herman are also on board, with Mark Strong in talks for the role of the villainous Doctor Sivana, a frequent foe of Shazam who first appeared opposite the superhero in the pages of Whiz Comics back in 1940.
Details on the film’s plot are currently unknown, though most tellings of the comic book story depict Billy Batson as an orphan child who is granted the ability to become an adult hero with godlike powers by an ancient Wizard.
Sandberg is directing Shazam! from a script written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. Production on the project is set to kick off this February.
Keep an eye on Heroic Hollywood as more details on Shazam! come out.
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Even though David F. Sandberg’s entry into the DC Extended Universe, Shazam!, won’t be hitting our screens for over a year, casting announcements have been coming in thick and fast recently. Zachary Levi leads the pack as the title hero Shazam, with Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer and Grace Fulton rounding out the main cast as Billy Batson, Freddy Freeman and Mary Marvel, respectively.
However, with the news that Dwayne Johnson won’t be playing the villainous Black Adam in the film, that leaves the role of the antagonist still officially open and uncast.
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