Asher Angel to Play Billy Batson in DC's 'Shazam!'

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Deadline reports Jack Dylan Grazer, star of the recent film adaptation of Stephen King's IT has joined the cast of DC and New Line's upcoming film Shazam! Shazam/Captain Marvel then gives Freddy powers of his own, with Freddy transforming into Captain Marvel Jr. every time he says "Captain Marvel". He joins Asher Angel (Billy Batson) and Zachary Levi (Shazam) in David Sandberg's 2019 DCEU film. DC and Warner Bros. are also now developing a standalone film about Black Adam, Shazam's arch nemesis. The Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation director will step behind the camera with Peter Safran producing.

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"Shazam!" will be the next DC Cinematic Universe movie to begin shooting, ahead of "Flashpoint", the Joss Whedon-directed "Batgirl", and the "Suicide Squad" sequel, which Gavin O'Connor just came aboard to helm. Dwayne Johnson is attached to play Black Adam in that pic. One potential replacement villain could be Doctor Sivana, who made his debut with the hero in Whiz Comics #2 in 1940.

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In addition to It, which has pulled in $694M worldwide making it the highest grossing horror film ever, Grazer also starred on CBS' recently pulled new comedy series, Me Myself & I, and up next will appear in the drama film, Beautiful Boy, with Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet.

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