The man who will step into the shoes of Shazam!, Zachary Levi, has finally broken his silence on the recently-announced casting.
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The actor took to Instagram to explain he is “honored and greatly humbled to be a part of the [DC Universe].” His statement went on to prove that he’s not taking this opportunity for granted, as he’s “beside myself with gratitude, not only for this opportunity, but also the incredible outpouring of love and support from so many of you out there in the world.”
Showing off some of the wit and humor that undoubtedly won him the role, he closed his statement out with “now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in the gym for the rest of forever.” It was just revealed that the actor is undergoing workouts that last up to four hours in length, to get into the idealistic physical form of the DC Comics superhero.
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Set to shoot from February until May in Toronto, Ontario, the DCEU film was thought to star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as longtime Shazam! foe Black Adam, until it was revealed the character would instead feature in his own solo film. The villain of WB’s Shazam! movie hasn’t been revealed.
The next DC film to go into production, Shazam!, directed by Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation’s David F. Sandberg, hits theaters in April, 2019.