Sunday, 22 July, 2018

New Shazam Image Shows Zachary Levi In Full Costume

‘Guardians’ actor Djimon Hounsou cast in DC’s Shazam! as the Wizard DC's 'Shazam' Quietly Cast Djimon Hounsou as a 3000-Year Old Wizard
Charles Bowen | 12 July, 2018, 02:08

Look for the Shazam! trailer to drop Saturday, July 21 at Comic-Con as well at the DC Films panel. Let's remember that Shazam! has actually already wrapped up filming back in early May 2018, meaning that word of Hounsou's casting was kept under tight wraps throughout the entirety of shooting and for several months after cameras stopped rolling. He's not a last minute addition being inserted into the movie during reshoots or in post-production, but instead he's been cast in the movie for awhile, but his involvement had not yet been discovered until now.

Meawhile, Djimon Hounsou has joined DC's Shazam! as the Wizard, according to EW as well.

Shazam! tells the story of Billy Batson, a young boy (Angel Asher) gifted with the power to turn himself into an adult superhero, Captain Marvel (Zachary Levi), just by uttering his signature catchphrase ("Shazam!", in case that weren't obvious).

Previously, This Is Us actor Ron Cephas Jones was widely reported as likely getting the Shazam! role, but that didn't end up happening due to a scheduling conflict.

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The size of Hounsou's role isn't clear, but if he was able to shoot his role without anyone finding out about it, there's a chance it could be only a quick appearance when his character gives Billy Baston his superpowers. However, as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has proven time and time again, remaining secretive about certain aspects of a film sometimes indicates the exact opposite: that big things are bubbling below the surface. Funnily enough, Captain Marvel was the original comic book name of Shazam before DC Comics changed the title.

After a few unofficial photos sent fans into a tizzy, New Line Cinema is ready to officially unveil Zachary Levi as the newest DCEU superhero in the first proper Shazam! image.

Hounsou's breakout role came in 1997 in Steven Spielberg's Amistad, and he's since appeared regularly in major roles in films like Blood Diamond, Constantine, and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Shazam! is set to hit theaters on April 5, 2019.

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