'Shazam!' Casts 'It' Star Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman

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'Shazam!' Casts 'It' Star Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman

New Line wants to keep It breakout star Jack Dylan Grazer in the studio family, as he signs on for their upcoming DC comic film SHAZAM!

Shazam is a DC Comics character who first debuted in 1939 with the original name of Captain Marvel. He'll join Zachary Levi (Thor films, Chuck, Tangled), who will play "world's mightiest mortal", and and Asher Angel, who will play Billy Batson in DC adaptation.

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Unlike Billy Batson, Freddy stays a boy when he transforms instead of becoming an adult. Per the report, Freddy will be the only other person who knows that Shazam's alter ego is actually his young friend. For a time, Freddy became Shazam! himself after Billy transferred his powers to his friend to save his life. Unlike Billy's Captain Marvel, Freeman's Captain Marvel Jr. remains a teenager in his transformed state. 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. Production on the project is expected to kick off in February of next year.

Shazam! is expected to hit theaters in April 2019.

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