Right on the casting news heels of Zachary Levi snagging the lead role of Captain Marvel in the upcoming superhero epic Shazam!, comes the casting announcement that Asher Angel will be Levi’s teenage alter ego in the film, Billy Batson.
You may recognize Angel from his various TV appearances, but he in primarily known for his most recent role as Jonah Beck on Disney’s tween series Andi Mack.
Casting for the lead roles for the film is ramping up as the production nears its early 2018 start date.
The DC Entertainment superhero story centers on a boy named Billy Batson who can transform into an adult superhero by uttering the magic word “Shazam!” The name is an acronym of the ancient world gods and historical figures Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury, from which Batson derives his heroic attributes when in adult form. Levi is starring as Batson’s alter ego, the adult hero known as Captain Marvel.
David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation) is directing Shazam! from a screenplay by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke.