Chuck star Zachary Levi will play the titular character, Shazam, in the DC Comics hero’s first-ever movie adaptation. However, Dwayne Johnson will not appear in the movie.
News on DC’s upcoming Shazam movie has been rather scarce of late. We had heard rumours a while back that Dwayne Johnson would be starring in the movie, possibly as Black Adam, which was a very exciting prospect, but it seems as though talks have broken down and that The Rock will not be making an appearance after all. However, he might still get to play Black Adam in his very own standalone movie. So we were basically back to square one with the Shazam! movie. We had no idea who would be playing the titular character. It’s not even clear whether this movie will be connected to the DCEU since it’s being produced under Warner Bros’ New Line banner. Yet, we now know, via his Instagram post, that Zachary Levi has been cast as the superhero Shazam. Check out his post below.
Honored and greatly humbled to be a part of the #dcuniverse by bringing the original Captain Marvel to life. I am beside myself with gratitude, not only for this opportunity, but also the incredible outpouring of love and support from so many of you out there in the world. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in the gym for the rest of forever. 🙏 (amazingly cool art courtesy of @bosslogic) #Shazam
You may know Levi as the star of the hit TV show Chuck, Heroes: Reborn, the Thor movies, or even as the voice of Tangled’s rather dashing Flynn Rider. He’s been around for a while yet has never had the leading man role in Hollywood that he so deserves. Shazam would be a perfect fit for him. The film, which is currently titled, Shazam! (the exclamation mark is important. This isn’t going to be a movie about the music recognition app), will be directed by David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation) and will follow the story of the young Billy Batson, who’s able to turn into the superhero by saying the word, “Shazam!”.
There’s no news regarding who will play Billy, but there are plenty of great young actors out there. Our best bet would be one of the young kids from the IT movie or Stranger Things. Finn Wolfhard would be a good choice, but there are plenty of other possibilities. There’s no word on when Shazam! will be hitting theatres, but all seems to be pointing towards a 2019 release date.
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