“Shazam” Won’t Digitally De-Age Its Lead

After helming two solidly received horror films in the form of “Lights Out” and “Annabelle Creation,” filmmaker David F. Sandberg is headed to the DC Extended Universe with the “Shazam” movie as his next project.

Of course that film is different to other superhero films in that the character’s secret identity and his superhero persona are, like Jekyll and Hyde, effectively two different people within one. There has been rumor that the film was going to cast a big name for Shazam and then digitally de-age them for the scenes focusing on teenager Billy Batson.

In a new interview with Collider, Sandberg has shot down that rumor and says the plan is to simply get two actors:

“I wouldn’t want to do that [digital de-aging]. That seems like way too much of a hassle. So I think it’s just kind of best to have a kid and an adult… I mean Kurt Russell in the latest Guardians was really well made I thought, but I think there’s a limit to it as well. You probably can’t do someone to be a kid. Why create that hassle for yourself?”

Asked about the project’s current status, he says he’s “pretty much going into Shazam! right away” and, like between “Lights Out” and “Annabelle,” there’s no real down time for him as he’s jumping from one project to the next.