Shazam! Star Zachary Levi 'Honored & Humbled' to Take Part

David F. Sandberg will direct the film for New Line

Yesterday saw the news announced that Zachary Levi is set to play Captain Marvel, aka Shazam, for the DCEU! He also has superhero credentials and can be seen next week in Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok as Fandral, one of Thor's companions.

Shazam follows the story of young Billy Batson, who can turn into the superheroic adult by uttering the word "Shazam!".

Zachary Levi has said the magic word. It was just revealed that the actor is undergoing workouts that last up to four hours in length, to get into the idealistic physical form of the DC Comics superhero. It was only in 1970s that the DC banner took over the character.

Previously known as Captain Marvel, Shazam first appeared in Whiz Comics #2 (February 1940), published by Fawcett Comics.




Some interesting names were rumoured to have been on the shortlist including Armie Hammer, John Cena, Billy Magnussen, Derek Theler (star of the sitcom Baby Daddy), Zane Holtz (From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series) and Jake McDorman (Limitless TV series). Sandberg is best known for horror movies such as 2016's Lights Out and this year's Annabelle: Creation, which has raked in an unexpectedly huge $303 million worldwide since its premiere in August.

We also don't know if Levi will actually be playing a character named Captain Marvel.

Sandberg is directing Shazam! for New Line.from a screenplay by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. The Rock is still DC's Black Adam, who is pretty much Captain Marvel's biggest villain, but for some reason he's not in this film and getting his own solo movie? He recently confirmed that the target release date for the film is April 2019.

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