'Chuck' Star Zachary Levi Lands Lead Role in DC's 'Shazam' Movie

Jay Jacobs
October 29, 2017

It took a little while, but Shazam finally has a face in the DC movieverse as THR is reporting that Zachary Levi has signed on to be Earth's Mightiest Mortal.

Zachary Levi starred as Fandral in both Thor: The Dark World and Ragnarok.

The upcoming Shazam! will center around Billy Batson, an everyday teen whose life is flipped upside down when he learns that he has the power to transform into a god-like (and adult-aged) superhero simply by saying a single word: "Shazam!".

The movie will be a big career leap for Zachary Levi who is yet to make his mark as a solo hero. It also didn't take long for Levi to express his gratitude to the fan community as well as his appreciation for DC as a whole.

Other actors in the mix for the role in the last few months have included John Cena and more recently Jake McDorman, the star of TV's Limitless. It has earned $303 million worldwide since it's opening in August. He debuted in 1940 as Captain Marvel, headlining Fawcett Comics' Whiz Comics.

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Now that Levi has been cast as Shazam, DC Films needs to cast Billy Batson, Shazam's young alter ego.

The script for the film is written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke.

Shazam! now has a 3.55 out of 5 ComicBook.com User Anticipation Rating, making it the twentieth most anticipated upcoming comic book movie among ComicBook.com users. Peter Safran, who produced Annabelle: Creation will be reuniting with Sandberg for Shazam.

Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Shazam! and the future of DC Films as we learn it.

A release date hasn't been set for Shazam, but New Line plans to start filming in Toronto in February 2018.

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