American actor D.J Cotrona has joined the cast of Shazam! DC Films Hub has exclusively learned. The DC Comic film is currently filming in Toronto, Canada with David F. Sandberg directing.
The From Dusk Till Dawn actor joins Zachary Levi, who will play the titular role, with Asher Angel playing Billy Batson, a teenager who can transformer into the adult superhero.
Cotrona will play the adult version of Jovan Armand character Pedro Pena, who can share Billy’s power at Billy’s whim and become an adult Shazam-powered version of himself, who resembles a powerlifter, with extra amounts of super-strength.
Over a decade ago Cotrona was cast as Superman in Warner Bros. abandoned Justice League: Mortal film which was to be directed by George Miller. We exclusively broke the first look at Cotrona as Supes last month.
Cotrona isn’t the only new addition to Shazam cast, as we broke the news that 13 Reasons Why star Ross Butler had also joined as the adult version of Eugene Choi.
Other members of the Shazam family will appear in the film, with more casting announcements expected shortly.
I am really happy for Cotrona, second time lucky and all. What do you think of the casting?
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam, courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.
David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation) directs the origin story, which stars Zachary Levi (Chuck) as the titular Hero, along with Asher Angel (Andi Mack) as Billy Batson, and Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. The film also stars ack Dylan Grazer (IT) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (This is Us); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (Fresh Off the Boat); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (Hawaii Five-O). Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead) and Marta Milans (Killer Women) play foster parents, Victor and Rosa Vasquez, with Ron Cephas Jones (This is Us) as the Wizard.
Shazam! will hit screens April 5, 2019
Source: DC FILMS HUB