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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Warner Bros. and New Line Cinemas’ upcoming flick Shazam has finally found its Billy Batson. Taking on that role opposite Zachary Levi is none other than Asher Angel.

Angel is by no means a household name. He’s best known for playing Jonah in the Disney Channel original series Andi Mack (which is perhaps best known for its recent groundbreaking coming out episode, wherein one of its characters revealed he was gay).

Angel’s Billy Batson is a boy who gets the ability to transform into adult superhero Shazam (Formerly Captain Marvel before DC lost the rights to that name), played by Zachary Levi, by uttering the magic word “Shazam!”

RELATED – Mark Strong In Talks To Join Shazam In Villain Role

Recently, it was revealed that Mark Strong was in talks to play the big bad Doctor Sivana, but there’s been no word of him locking down the role just yet.

Shazam is set to be the next film to shoot in the DC Extended Universe, and Lights Out director David F. Sandberg is shooting for an early 2018 filming start date. With the cast quickly falling into place, it’s become more and more believable that they’ll be hitting that date.

What do you think of this casting choice? Are you familiar with Angel’s work? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Variety

  • Smerdyakov

    Is Mark Strong three foot tall and looks like Gandhi?

  • Victor Roa

    As much as Disney Channel and Nickelodeon shows manufactures pop stars, the entire world is still going on about “Wow, the Stranger Things and It cast are amazing” So it’s that whole hurdle of directors trying to get good performances out of child actors.
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    • jonathing

      i never heard of him is he a good actor

      • Victor Roa

        That’s the older brother in Wonder Years in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure where the sweet innocent child actor talks down the director over the nun’s acting. “Doesn’t look like I’m ready? I’m always ready! I have been ready since first call! I’M READY! ROLL!”

        • jonathing

          but is he a good actor

          • Victor Roa

            that’s not my point, even if he’s a good actor not every director knows how to use children on film. Chris Nolan has a real problem with this especially how talented he is in his style.

          • jonathing

            i am sorry i maybe missing the point but adult or child the talent has to be there for any director or actor to bounce off on/the performance.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.