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'Shazam' Movie Casts Zachary Levi as Captain Marvel

29 October 2017, 01:49 | Erma Lawrence

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Zachary Levi is best known as the star and title character of "Chuck" and has also appeared as the voice of Flynn Rider in Disney's "Tangled" as well as playing Fandral in the "Thor" films. Shazam himself is the alter-ego of the aforementioned teenage Billy Batson who has the ability to say the word "Shazam", and transform into an adult superhero with the power of six mythological gods after saying the word. Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg is lined up to direct the project under Warner Bros' New Line banner which itself is a fairly bold move for a character aimed generally at younger readers.

Dwayne Johnson has been championing his Black Adam movie for years at this point, but DC Films has remained quiet on the supervillain's foil until now. Created by C.C. Beck and writer Bill Parker, the character was first published by Fawcett Comics. Not only is this a much more significant role in terms of comic book movies, but Levi is now going to have the honor of being known as "Earth's mightiest mortal". But is was Zachary Levi who won out for the coveted role.

Fan artist BossLogic, meanwhile, has shared a first look at what Levi as Shazam could look like.

Finding someone to play Captain Marvel is all well and good, but there are still so many unanswered questions we have.

New Line is eying a February 2018 start for principle photography in Toronto and a release date of April 5, 2019 has been given. Whether the movie Shazam! will include the name "Captain Marvel" at all or if they'll drop it because of Marvel Studios' film is yet to be determined.



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