“Chuck” star and one of the Warriors Three from the “Thor” films, actor Zachary Levi, has been cast in the title role in the upcoming DC comics adaptation “Shazam!” at New Line.
The story follows a boy named Billy Batson, who can transform into an adult superhero (Levi) by uttering the magic word “Shazam!”. The name is an acronym of the ancient world gods and historical figures Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury.
David F. Sandberg is directing from a screenplay by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. Sandberg and Peter Safran are producing and the project is eyeing a February production start in Toronto ahead of a 2019 release.
As previously reported, the film is being developed concurrently with a film focusing on Shazam villain Black Adam to star Dwayne Johnson. Johnson won’t appear in “Shazam!”.
Source: Heat Vision