THR reports that Levi (Chuck, Thor: The Dark World) will star as the super-powered manifestation of the character in the upcoming film, which New Line is producing alongside Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. Who is playing young Billy Batson, Captain Marvel's alter ego?
Levi is known more for his comic roles (such as the aforementioned spy series Chuck, which ran on NBC from 2007-2012), but can be seen as one of Thor's godly buddies in Marvel Studio's Thor: Ragnorak. Shazam! is now set for a April 5, 2019 release with David F. Sandberg of Annabelle: Creation being rumored to direct. The movie is being developed concurrently with a film focusing on Shazam villain Black Adam starring Dwayne Johnson. And for trademark reasons, DC Comics is unable to promote or market Captain Marvel under that name.
The man who will step into the shoes of Shazam!
Though a live-action feature has been in various forms of development over the past 17 years, DC And New Line revealed earlier this year that they were pushing forward with a two-movie Shazam! film.
The movie will be a big career leap for Zachary Levi who is yet to make his mark as a solo hero.
Finally, one of DC's superheroes will get his own movie.
For a movie that starts filming in just four months, we still don't have a lot of concrete information on Shazam! He recently confirmed that the target release date for the film is April 2019.