David F. Sandberg (“Annabelle: Creation”) directs New Line Cinema’s “Shazam!,” the origin story that stars Zachary Levi (TV’s “Chuck”) as the titular DC Super Hero, along with Mark Strong (the “Kingsman” movies) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, and Asher Angel (TV’s “Andi Mack”) as Billy Batson. Peter Safran (“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, and Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond”) as the Wizard. The cast also includes Faithe Herman (TV’s “This is Us”), Grace Fulton (“Annabelle: Creation”), Ian Chen (TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat”), Jovan Armand (TV’s “Hawaii Five-0”), Marta Milans (TV’s “Killer Women”) and Cooper Andrews (TV’s “The Walking Dead”).
Firmly set in the DC universe but with his own distinctly fun, family-centric tone, the screenplay is by Henry Gayden, story by Gayden and Darren Lemke, based on characters from DC. Shazam was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck. Jeffrey Chernov, Christopher Godsick, Geoff Johns, Walter Hamada, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Richard Brener and Dave Neustadter serve 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.
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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After Steppenwolf's invasion,[N 1] Billy Batson, a troubled 14-year-old orphan living in Philadelphia, is set up to move into a new foster home—his seventh—with the Vazquez family and their other five foster kids. One day, Billy gets on a subway car and finds himself transported to a different realm where an ancient wizardgives him the power to transform into a godlike adult superhero by uttering the word "Shazam!" Billy and his new foster brother Freddy Freeman must discover Billy's new powers and how to use them to prevent the villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, who has powers of his own, from committing nefarious acts.
- Asher Angel and Zachary Levi as William "Billy" Batson / Shazam:
A boy who is chosen as the "Champion of Eternity" and given powers by an ancient wizard, and transforms into an adult with superpowers when he speaks the sorcerer's name. Batson is chosen as the new Champion, eons after the Council of Eternity selected another hero, who eventually killed all of the Council except for Shazam. The powers given from the ancient wizard to Batson include gifts bestowed upon the sorcerer from various others. These powers include: the wisdom of Solomon, granting increased intellect; the superhuman strength of Hercules, the superhuman stamina of Atlas; powers from Zeus, including the ability to summon lightning as well as being nearly indestructible; the increased courage of Achilles; and the superhuman speed of Mercury, which provides him with the means of flight.
- David Kohlsmith as young William "Billy" Batson.
- Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana:
A successful yet twisted inventor and industrialist as the head of Sivana Industries. He himself had been summoned by the wizard Shazam as a child, but was not chosen as his champion, leading Sivana to spend his life trying to unlock the secrets of magic.
- Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick "Freddy" Freeman: Billy's foster brother and best friend, a disabled superhero enthusiast who is the only person that knows that he is Shazam.
- Djimon Hounsou as The Wizard Shazam:
An ancient wizard who bestows his powers on Billy Batson so that he can magically transform into an adult superhero. Hounsou previously portrayed Ricou, the King of the Fishermen, in Aquaman.
- Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield: Billy's foster sister at his new home, the "den mother" who helps take care of the other kids.
- Ian Chen as Eugene Choi: Billy's foster brother at his new home, a bookish boy who enjoys tech and non-fiction.
- Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña: Billy's foster brother at his new home, a shy, sensitive kid.
- Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley: Billy's youngest foster sibling at his new home, an energetic and effusive little girl.
- Cooper Andrews as Victor Vasquez: The foster father of the group home where Billy and his friends live.
- Marta Milans as Rosa Vasquez: The foster mother of the group home where Billy and his friends live.
Lotta Losten, Ross Butler, and Michelle Borth have been cast in undisclosed roles. The film also features Andi Osho as social worker Mrs. Glover, and Natalia Safran as Venus Sivana, wife of Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Additionally, Bill Dean voices a Toy version of Bruce Wayne / Batman, while a character from David F. Sandberg's film Lights Out (2016) will make an cameo appearance.
Additionally, the Seven Deadly Sins – a supernatural team of villains consisting of the demons Pride, Envy, Greed, Lust, Wrath, Gluttony, and Sloth – will appear in the film. They are initially trapped in statues guarded by the wizard Shazam, but escape and align themselves with Sivana. The characters were portrayed by stunt doubles in motion capture suits on-set during filming and will be depicted as CGIcharacters.
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