DCEU fans will get to see a familiar face in Shazam! as IT star Jack Dylan joins the cast. The young actor is confirmed to play as Billy Batson’ friend in the standalone film.
The report comes from Deadline who revealed that Dylan will don the role of a DC character known as Freddy Freeman. Fret not, the 14-year old actor won’t just be playing the role of a best friend, but in DC Universe, he is later known as Captain Marvel, Jr. However, it’s not likely that the movie would introduce this character right away with the debut title.
Dylan’s character will be the only one to know Billy Batson’s (played by Asher Angel) identity as Shazam (Zachery Levi). It would be interesting to see how the standalone origin film will set out an arc for Dylan’s future Captain Marvel, Jr.
What’s more exciting is the film has by far chosen the perfect cast for the project. Earlier during a panel at Heroes and Villains Fan Fest, title role actor Levi spoke about how Shazam! could tap the heart and humor essence that were introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy by director James Gunn and its cast.
If that’s what Director David F. Sandberg has in mind, a comedic young actor like Dylan is certainly the right mix. Fans can expect more casting announcement as the project is progressing with its production as planned.
There’s also the possibility that fans would see Mark Strong take on the role of Doctor Sivana, an antagonist character in the DC Comics. Currently the actor is in talks to portray the role. Hopefully, Warner Bros. will soon make it official if all goes well.
Shazam! is expected to release in April 2019. The script for the debut project is in works by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke.
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