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SHAZAM! (2019): Production Officially Starts On Superhero Film

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New Line Cinema Officially Begins Production On Shazam!

Director David F. Sandberg confirms that production has finally commenced on New Line Cinema’s Shazam! film.

The Annabelle: Creation director broke the news plainly on Instagram with a picture from the movie’s set. Depicting little more than a clipboard, the photo was captioned with nothing more than “Let’s go”. Of course, this was more than enough to generate excitement, with fans conveying their anticipation for the film in the comment section for the post.

Hailing from Sweden, Sandberg first got his start directing short films before receiving attention for his production Lights Out. The project was picked up by New Line Cinema and developed into a feature-length film in 2016. He is now working alongside producer Peter Safran and screenwriters Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke on Shazam!

Set for release on April 5th, 2019, the movie will tell the story of Billy Batson, a boy who gains the power to transform into a superhero by saying the word “Shazam”.

Superherohype shares the following information about the film’s cast:

Asher Angel (Andi Mack) will star in the film as Billy Batson, with Zachary Levi taking on the titular hero and his alter ego. Mark Strong (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Sherlock Holmes) will play the villain, Doctor Sivana. Other cast members include Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen and Jovan Armand as Billy’s friends that live in a group home with him and This Is Us star Ron Cephas Jones as the Wizard who gives Billy his powers.

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