Shazam!: Zachary Levi to Play Title Character

Star Zachary Levi will play the title character in New Line and DC Entertainment’s Shazam!

The film follows a boy named Billy Batson who can transform into an adult superhero by uttering the magic word “Shazam!”

The name is an acronym of the ancient gods and historical figures Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury, from whom Batson derives his heroic attributes from when in adult form.

David F. Sandberg is directing from a screenplay by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. “Annabelle: Creation’s” Peter Safran will produce.

“Shazam!” will be the next DC Cinematic Universe movie to begin shooting, ahead of the “Flashpoint,” “Batgirl,” which Joss Whedon will direct, and the “Suicide Squad” sequel, which Gavin O’Connor will helm.

DC and Warner Bros. are also currently developing a standalone film about “Black Adam,” Shazam’s arch nemesis.

Mega-star Dwayne Johnson is attached to play Black Adam in that picture.

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