Zachary Levi to play DC's "Shazam!"

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Shazam! Abracadabra! DC has just used its magic wand to snatch one of Marvel's actors - Thor: Ragnarok's Zachary Levi - to play a lead character in Shazam! It has now been revealed that the upcoming superhero movie will star Zachary Levi.

While still relatively unknown in comic book sub-culture, this isn't his first foray into it; he was Fandral in Thor: The Dark World (2013). 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. The hero has the powers of Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury. 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. Other actors considered for the role included John Cena, Derek Theler, Zane Holtz, Billy Magnussen, and Jake McDorman.

Shazam first appeared in 1939, when he was known by the name Captain Marvel. 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.

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The script for the film is written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. Executive producer Toby Emmerich said this film will be set on the DCEU earth, but it will have a tone unto itself and be completely independent. Both the Shazam! and Black Adam movies are being developed concurrently and Shazam! expects a February 2018 start date for a 2019 release.

The New Line studio is also working on a movie on Black Adam, a frequent Shazam villain.

The next DC film to go into production, Shazam!

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