The long-gestating Shazam! film, based on the DC Comics character, has its star. Zachary Levi, who plays Fandral in Thor: Ragnarok
and is best known for his star turn in NBC’s Chuck,
will have the title role, according to Hollywood Reporter
. Production is slated to start in Toronto in February, according to the report.
Shazam! will be produced under Warners’ New Line label, and will be directed by David F. Sanberg (see “Geek Film Round-Up: ‘Shazam’”).
It seems likely, but has not yet been confirmed, that villain Black Adam, who will be played by Dwayne Johnson in his own film (see “Black Adam Gets His Own Movie”), will appear.