Disney star Asher Angel has been cast as Billy Batson opposite Zach Levi in New Line’s “Shazam,” an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.
Best known as the star of Disney channel’s “Andi Mack,” Angel will play the teenager who can transform in the adult Shazam played by Levi.
Shazam debuted in 1939 with the original name of Captain Marvel. Created by C.C. Beck and writer Bill Parker, the character was first published by Fawcett Comics. He is the alter-ego of teenager Billy Batson who can transform into a full-grown adult superhero with the power of six gods after saying “Shazam!”
David Sandberg, the horror filmmaker behind “Lights Out” and “Annabelle: Creation,” will direct the film. Filming will begin in February 2018 for a likely 2019 release.
Mark Strong is in talks to play DC Comics villain Doctor Sivana in the film, TheWrap has exclusively learned.
Angel is repped by the Osbrink Talent Agency and the Partnership.
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