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Published On: Wed, Nov 1st, 2017

‘Chuck star Zachary Levi cast in ‘Shazam’

While we’re now less than month away from finally launching the Justice League movie into theaters, DC Films is also hard at work crafting new superhero stories in the DC Cinematic Universe.

THR reports that Chuck star Zachary Levi has landed the lead role in the DC Comics adaptation Shazam!, which is the next DC film to go into production early next year after Aquaman just recently wrapped filming.

The story follows a boy named Billy Batson who has the power to transform into an adult superhero simply by uttering the magic word “Shazam!”. THR notes that the name Shazam is an acronym made up of “the ancient world gods and historical figures Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury, from which the big Batson derives his heroic attributes when in adult form,” which may be how this new character fits into the Greek mythology-infused world of the DCEU.

Indeed, when director Zack Snyder crafted Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he approached the characters like icons in Greek mythology, and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is the daughter of Zeus.

Levi is also part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as he plays Fandral in Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok.

David F. Sandberg, the filmmaker behind the small-budget mega-hit horror film Lights Out and this year’s successful prequel Annabelle: Creation, is directing Shazam! for New Line Cinema, the Warner Bros. banner that is handling this particular DC film.

The movie is expected to take place within the DC Extended Universe and will be in continuity with movies like Aquaman and Justice League, meaning Levi could potentially be sharing the screen with the likes of Gal Gadot or Ben Affleck somewhere down the line.

THR notes that John Cena, Derek Theler (ABC Family’s Baby Daddy), Zane Holtz(From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series0, Jake McDorman (the Limitless TV series), and Billy Magnussen (Into the Woods) were also in the mix, so clearly Sandberg and New Line had a specific type in mind.

Shazam! arrives in theaters on April 5, 2019

 

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