'Chuck' Star Zachary Levi To Star In The Shazam Movie

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Zahcary Levi, probably best known as the central character on the NBC nerd-spy comedy Chuck has been cast as Captain Marvel in Shazam! This summer it was announced that David S. Sandberg (Lights Out, Annabelle: Creation) would be directing the first film, slated for an April 9, 2019 release, which will not include Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam, the ancient Egyptian priest and nemesis of Captain Marvel. The movie has been confirmed to be part of the DC Films Universe.

Previously known as Captain Marvel, Shazam first appeared in Whiz Comics #2 (February 1940), published by Fawcett Comics.

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Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke wrote the script for Shazam, which follows a teenager who can become the world's mightiest mortal by simply saying the magic word "Shazam", an acronym for Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury. He has also starred in TV series Chuck and Tangled. The "Chuck" actor will play the underrated DC Comics superhero who can transform from a kid into an adult in the "Shazam" film out in 2019.

Finally, one of DC's superheroes will get his own movie. "One such film on the docket is "#Shazam", which recently found its leading man. He's also had more of a comedic presence as Fandral in the Thor movies, but Shazam should be something different for him.

As for "Shazam", the movie was originally supposed to pit the hero against comic book foe Black Adam, who will be portrayed by Dwayne Johnson, but as production started to draw nearer the studio chose to put him in his own starring film instead. Safran will also be producing DC's Aquaman for Warner Bros.

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