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Shazam! movie casts two actors for lead role

August 30th, 2017 by Dave Bowling Comments

‘Shazam!’, the planned adaptation of DC’s Captain Marvel for the big screen, will apparently see two actors cast in the lead role.

Director David F. Sandberg will be helming the tale of schoolboy Billy Batson as he becomes (or swaps places with, depending on what continuity you’re reading) the magical champion known as Captain Marvel. In order to accurately portray the difference between a tweenage boy and a six foot-plus block of solid muscle, Sandberg isn’t relying on CGI like Marvel did in the first Captain America movie. Instead, he intends to just hire two actors. Speaking to Collider about his new movie Annabelle: Creation, Sandberg had this to say about using computers to ‘youth’ an actor:

Yeah, I wouldn’t want to do that. That seems like way too much of a hassle. So I think it’s just kind of best to have a kid and an adult… Yeah and they’ve done quite well, I mean Kurt Russell was in the latest Guardians was really well made I thought, but I think there’s a limit to it as well. You probably can’t do someone to be a kid. Why create that hassle for yourself?

It’s a fairly obvious solution, but in an age of studio executive interference and increasing reliance on computers as an easier replacement for practical effects, nothing is for certain. There’s still no word on when filming will start, but if Warner Bros still want to make an April ’19 release date then it probably won’t be too far away. Actual casting decisions will be relayed to you guys when we know ’em.

Anyway, I’m still smarting at Black Adam not being in this…

Shazam! is currently slated for a 5 April 2019 release.

Source: Comic Book

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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...