John Cena and Joshua Sasse have reportedly emerged as candidates for the titular role in “Shazam,” the upcoming film adaptation of the DC Comics title according to That Hashtag Show.
In the comics, teenager Billy Batson can transform into superhero form – his adult alter ego Shazam – and wields the power of six mythological gods. The pair are up for the adult role with the teenager yet to be cast.
Screen tests have reportedly already taken place and spawned “a third, dark horse contender” for the lead role – though that person has “seemingly fallen out of favor”.
Cena has established a name for himself in film with roles in the likes of “The Wall” and “Trainwreck” in recent years, and is currently filming the “Bumblebee” spin-off. Sasse is best known for TV work on shows like “Galavant” and “No Tomorrow”.
Filmmaker David F. Sandberg has hinted that official casting will be announced soon as the project is officially in pre-production ahead of filming early next year for a 2019 release.