Zachary Levi To Star In DC's 'Shazam!' For New Line

Zach Levi Shazam

The fanbase is genuinely excited about Levi playing Shazam. This process has been in the works for months, but fans have been left waiting for official word on who will play Billy Batson and his superhero form of Shazam. The magic word is an acronym of the names of various gods from which he derives his power - Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury. Shazam! is now set for an April 2019 release.

Levi portrayed Fandral of the Warriors Three in Thor: The Dark World and will reprise the role in November 3's Thor: Ragnarok.

Captain Marvel was ranked as the 55th greatest comic book character of all time by Wizard magazine. The horror prequel Annabelle, which belongs to The Conjuring universe was made with a budget of $15 million and has so far earned a whopping $303 million worldwide. They still have Shazam's very important other half, Billy Batson, to cast and that announcement could be on the horizon now.

Sandberg, whose first feature, Lights Out, launched in 2016, is directing for New Line.

Levi, best known for his role on "Chuck", most recently appeared in "Heroes Reborn" and the Eva Longoria comedy "Telenovela".

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Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke are writing the screenplay for "Shazam!, which is expected to start filming in Toronto this February".

Other upcoming DC Extended Universe movies include Justice League on November 17, 2017, Aquaman on December 21, 2018, Wonder Woman 2 on December 13, 2019, Cyborg in 2020 and Green Lantern Corps in 2020.

Levi will square up against Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson who had previously been announced as Black Adam.

It's not certain now though whether Johnson will appear in the Shazam! film, as DC is planning a stand alone Black Adam movie.

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