The coming Shazam! film has cast Zachary Levi in the lead role. The film will be directed by David F. Sandberg from a screenplay adaptation written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. the actor posted the following image with the caption:
“Honored and greatly humbled to be a part of the #dcuniverse by bringing the original Captain Marvel to life. I am beside myself with gratitude, not only for this opportunity, but also the incredible outpouring of love and support from so many of you out there in the world. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in the gym for the rest of forever. 🙏 (amazingly cool art courtesy of @bosslogic) #Shazam”
Levi starred as Fandral in Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World and the new Thor: Ragnarok. Other acting credits include Chuck, Alias Grace and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Levi has also done voice work including Disney’s Tangled. Levi earned a Tony nomination and a Drama Desk nomination for his Broadway performance in the 2013 musical First Date.
The story centers on teenager Billy Batson, who can transform into an adult superhero by saying the name “Shazam!”, which is an acronym for ancient gods and historical figures Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury.
New Line’s upcoming DC superhero film is being produced by Peter Safran.
Stay tuned, kids..