DC's 'Shazam!' Taps 'Andi Mack' Star Asher Angel To Play Billy Batson

DC's 'Shazam!' Taps 'Andi Mack' Star Asher Angel To Play Billy Batson”

For a movie that is starting production in just about three months, Shazam! still has a lot of pieces of the puzzle to fit in, but those pieces seem to be coming along at a nice clip thus far. David Sandberg, who most recently filmed Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation, will direct Shazam.

A couple of weeks ago Zachary Levi was announced in the lead role of the upcoming DC film Shazam! According to Variety, Asher Angel, who is in Disney Channel's Andi Mack series, has landed the role of the kid who can unleash a powerful superhero by uttering a magic phrase. Levi is starring as Batson's alter ego, the adult hero known as Captain Marvel. He may not be part of the Justice League core (for the moment) but he brings the combined powers of elders Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury together in one body, a welcome collection of abilities for the superhero team. The announcement of Angel as a lead in the film follows news last week that DC was in negotiations with Kingsman: The Golden Circle's Mark Strong to play Billy Batson's nemesis, the villainous Doctor Sivana. Could she end up being his long lost sister Mary, who has a superheroic future of her own?

Here's hoping Asher Angel will give us a memorable Billy Batson and put "Shazam!" back on the lips of a new generation of fans.

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