"Shazam!" Casts "IT" Movie's Jack Dylan Grazer

Following a breakout performance in New Line's box office record-breaker It, Jack Dylan Grazer has been added to the cast of the studio's DC Comic film, Shazam!.

The story follows Billy as a teen who is able to transform into an adult superhero when he says "Shazam!". Freddy is Billy Batson's best friend and the only person who knows the truth about Shazam.

In the comics, Freddy is severely injured due to a fight between Shazam and Captain Nazi, causing Billy to transfer some of his powers to the young boy.

Shazam is a DC Comics character who first debuted in 1939 with the original name of Captain Marvel. He also appeared in the CBS series Me, Myself & I and will next be seen in the drama Beautiful Boy with Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet.

Set to shoot from February through May in Toronto, Ontario, the DC Extended Universe film was originally meant to star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as longtime Shazam! foe Black Adam, until it was revealed the character would instead feature in his own solo film. Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation) has also been cast in an unknown role.

Shazam! is expected to hit theaters in April 2019.

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