‘Shazam!’ is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. It is intended to be the seventh installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is directed by David F. Sandberg, from a screenplay by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. It will be the first film version of the character since the 1941 serial Adventures of Captain Marvel (the character’s original name) and will be the first full-length feature film centered around the character.
The plot revolves around a boy acquiring powers from a wizard and how he has to use them when he is pitted against evil. A 14-year-old boy named William “Billy” Batson is granted the powers of six ancient heroes by a dying wizard, which he activates by saying the wizard’s name, “Shazam”. Upon doing so, he is transformed by magic into an adult superhero. Each of the ancient heroes’ initials are represented by the letters in the wizard’s name: the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury.
While Billy is overjoyed at the prospects of being a hero, he is forced into action in order to battle the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. On Billy’s side is his foster-brother and best friend Freddy, a superhero enthusiast who helps both train Billy and keep Billy’s superhero alter ego a secret.
‘Shazam’ cast has been on the cards ever since the announcement of the film. The film has Asher Angel & Zachary Levi as Billy Batson / Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as Shazam, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick “Freddy” Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vázquez, Marta Milans as Rosa Vázquez. According to media reports, Lotta Losten and Ross Butler have been cast in undisclosed roles.
‘Shazam!’ Release Date:
The film is scheduled to be released by New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures in RealD 3D and IMAX 3D on April 5, 2019. Principal photography began in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on January 29, 2018, with most of the film shot at Pinewood Toronto Studios, and wrapped on May 11, 2018.
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