SHAZAM! Start Of Production Formally Announced; Official Synopsis & Full Cast List Revealed

SHAZAM! Start Of Production Formally Announced; Official Synopsis & Full Cast List Revealed

New Line Cinema has formally announced the start of production on David F. Sandberg's Shazam!, which stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, and Mark Strong. Plus, we have the first official synopsis! Check it!

While filming got underway last Monday, New Line Cinema has just now decided to formally announce the start of production on Shazam!, which is being helmed by David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation) and will star Zachary Levi (Chuck; Thor: Ragnarok) in the title role with up-and-comer Asher Angel (Andi Mack) as Billy Batson and Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. 

Billy's foster family will consist of Jack Dylan Grazer (It) as Freddy, Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation) as Mary, Faithe Herman (This Is Us) as Darla, Ian Chen (Fresh Off The Boat) as Eugene, and Jovan Armand (Hawaii Five-O) as Pedro. Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead) and Marta Milans (Killer Women) will feature as Billy's foster parents, Victor and Rosa Vasquez, while Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) will appear as the Wizard.

There's no mention of Black Adam, but Dwayne Johnson (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) is listed as an executive producer, so it wouldn't be a stretch to assume that the movie will have at least some connecting tissue to his Black Adam solo feature. Henry Cavill's Superman is also unsurprisingly not listed, so we'll just have to wait and see about that rumored cameo.

Check out the full press release, with the synopsis in bold, below:


BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Production is underway on New Line Cinema’s “Shazam!” David F. Sandberg (“Annabelle: Creation”) directs the origin story, which stars Zachary Levi (TV’s “Chuck”) as the titular DC Super Hero, along with Asher Angel (TV’s “Andi Mack”) as Billy Batson, and Mark Strong (the “Kingsman” movies) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Peter Safran (upcoming “Aquaman,” “The Conjuring” and “Annabelle” films) serves as the film’s producer.

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard.
Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

“Shazam!” also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (“IT”) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (“Annabelle: Creation”); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (TV’s “This is Us”); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat”); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”). Cooper Andrews (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) and Marta Milans (TV’s “Killer Women”) play foster parents 
Victor and Rosa Vasquez, with Ron Cephas Jones (“This is Us”) as the Wizard.

Christopher Godsick, Jeffrey Chernov, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia are serving as executive producers.

Sandberg’s creative team includes his “Annabelle: Creation” director of photography Maxime Alexandre, production designer Jennifer Spence, editor Michel Aller
and costume designer Leah Butler.

Set primarily in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, principal photography for the film is taking place in Toronto.

Firmly set in the DC universe but with his own distinctly fun, family-centric tone, the character first appeared in Whiz Comics in 1940 and was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck.

A New Line Cinema production, “Shazam!” is set for release on April 5, 2019. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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