DC's Shazam summons Chuck star Zachary Levi for lead role

DC's 'Shazam!' to Star Zachary Levi (Exclusive)

Zachary Levi To Star In DC's 'Shazam!' For New Line

David Sandberg, the horror filmmaker behind "Lights Out" and "Annabelle: Creation", will direct the film.

As announced by The Hollywood Reporter, Zachary Levi has been cast as the title character in Shazam!, the film adaptation of the popular DC comic book series.

DC has found its Billy Batson. "I think [it] might be a good thing that I'm doing it, because I know what you need to learn". One would assume this means Levi will be playing the adult superhero that young Billy Batson transforms into whenever he cries out "Shazam!", and Levi's comedic background on shows like Chuck suggests he'll be able to play the character as a child in the form of an adult. Whether the movie Shazam! will include the name "Captain Marvel" at all or if they'll drop it because of Marvel Studios' film is yet to be determined.

Shazam - a.k.a. Captain Marvel, though I doubt DC will ever call him that again - is a ideal character to bring to the big screen. Wether or not Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam will figure into the standalone Shazam! film has yet to be confirmed. Filming will begin in February 2018 for a likely 2019 release.

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Other actors in the mix for the role in the last few months have included John Cena and more recently Jake McDorman, the star of TV's Limitless.

Johnson told MTV back in April that plans had changed regarding the introduction of Shazam and Black Adam in the same movie.

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