The Chuck and Tangled star will play the world’s mightiest mortal. He will also bump heads with The Rock’s Black Adam.
Zachary Levi (Chuck, Thor: The Dark World) has been cast in Shazam! as the titular role. The DC comic book movie will be directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out, Annabelle:Creation). The movie is based on the DC comic book about a boy, Billy Batson, who turns into a super powered god-like adult hero when he says the titular magic word. Shazam shares in the same universe with his nemesis, Black Adam, whom will be played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Shazam is actually an acronym for the names of mythological characters and one historical figure. They are Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury whose famous attributes Billy is blessed by a powerful wizard. In comics world, Billy Batson’s Shazam is also known as Captain Marvel. He is one of the two comic book characters who share that same superhero name. The other one is Carol Danvers whom Brie Larson will play in her standalone film.
Shazam was a sought after role. Other actors that auditioned for it were Billy Magnussen, John Cena, Derek Theler, Zane Holtz and Jack McDorman.
Shazam! has a release date of April, 2019.