Shazam! Casts It Star Jack Dylan Grazer in Key Role

Joann Johnston
December 7, 2017

Deadline reports Jack Dylan Grazer, star of the recent film adaptation of Stephen King's IT has joined the cast of DC and New Line's upcoming film Shazam!

According to Deadline, Grazer will play a character named Freddy, the best friend of teenager Billy Batson (Asher Angel) and the only person who knows that Batson can transform into the adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi) simply by saying his name.

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Batson is the teenage alter ego of the adult superhero who, after speaking the wizard Shazam's name, is granted the powers of the gods Solomon (wisdom), Hercules (strength), Atlas (stamina), Zeus (power), Achilles (courage) and Mercury (speed). Levi is playing the Captain Marvel version of Billy, and Angel is playing the non-Captain Marvel Billy. Freddy then becomes the hero known as Shazam Jr., and is taken into Billy's foster family. The film is set to begin production in Vancouver next year. He recently confirmed that the target release date for the film is April 2019. One potential replacement villain could be Doctor Sivana, who made his debut with the hero in Whiz Comics #2 in 1940.

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