‘Shazam!’ Sets 2019 Release Date

Shazam release date

Mark your calendars: Shazam! will hit theaters in a little over a year. The DCEU entry directed by Annabelle: Creation and Lights Out director David F. Sandberg adapts the comic about a young boy who has the power to turn into an adult superhero. Zachary Levi stars. The Shazam release date now puts it one month before the release of Avengers 4.

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Shazam! cast

Another day, another new addition to the Shazam! cast. The latest actor to board the DC superhero flick is Cooper Andrews, who plays the character Jerry on AMC’s seemingly never-ending zombie show The Walking Dead. Andrews joins a cast that already includes Zachary LeviAsher AngelJack Dylan Grazer and Mark Strong. Read on for more details on the Shazam! cast.

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Shazam cast

The Shazam cast has a new addition: It actor Jack Dylan Grazer, who made a big impression in the Stephen King horror adaptation as hypochondriac Eddie Kaspbrak. Grazer is set to play Freddy Freeman, the best friend of Billy Batson, a kid who has the power to transform into the superhero Shazam. In the comics, Freddy eventually became Shazam’s sidekick.
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Shazam could be DC's Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy was far from a sure thing when Marvel Studios released it back in 2013. It essentially served as a test to see how far audiences were willing to go with the studio: if people could accept and enjoy a story involving a talking raccoon and a space tree, there’s basically no limit to the stories Marvel could tell.

Meanwhile, the troubles with Warner Bros.’ DC movies have been well-documented. But former Marvel actor Zachary Levi, who’s starring as the title character in the upcoming Shazam movie that’s scheduled to come out in 2019, hopes Shazam could be DC’s Guardians of the Galaxy equivalent…and he might be onto something.
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Shazam casting

The Shazam! movie continues to move full-steam ahead. Just recently, the film’s star and villain were cast, and now comes even more Shazam casting news: Asher Angel, a young actor from the Disney Channel’s Andi Mack, will play young Billy Batson, the boy who has the power to transform into the adult superhero known as Shazam by saying “Shazam!”

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Shazam casting

Just ahead of the release of Justice League next month comes breaking casting news of an upcoming DC film. Zachary Levi (ChuckPsych, two of the Thor films) will star in Shazam! for director David F. SandbergShazam! will be the next DECU movie to film, with a 2019 release date likely. Wether or not Dwayne Johnson‘s Black Adam will figure into the standalone Shazam! film has yet to be confirmed. The Shazam casting news awaits you below.

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TV Bits Arrow

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Arrow gets a trailer hyping its sixth season
  • The creator of Veep is heading to space in a brand new HBO series
  • The CBS prequel Young Sheldon has, regrettably, earned a full series order
  • Watch the first six minutes of Fox’s new X-Men TV series The Gifted
  • Zachary Levi still wants to make a Chuck movie
  • And more!

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alias grace trailer

It’s high time that more of Margaret Atwood‘s excellent works are adapted to the small and big screen. With Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale drawing rave reviews for its harrowing and timely depiction of a not-to0-distant dystopia, Netflix is diving into Atwood’s catalog for its own prestigious miniseries.

Alias Grace is a miniseries adaptation of Atwood’s Gothic historical fiction about a real-life murder in 1843 Canada. Grace Marks, the titular maid convicted of murdering her master and his housekeeper, is the fascinating character and unreliable narrator at the center of the story — painted as both a victim and culprit. But while the novel acts as a psychological mystery, the Alias Grace trailer paints the story as more of a straight-up thriller, which doesn’t bode well for this highly anticipated adaptation.

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Alias Grace trailer

Another Margaret Atwood adaptation is coming to a computer screen near you. But this time, the bonnets worn by the women in Alias Grace are a mark of historical fiction rather than an oppressive dystopia.

Netflix is adapting Atwood’s award-winning novel into a six-episode miniseries starring Sarah Gadon as the titular Grace Marks, who finds herself convicted of the brutal murder of her employer, and without memory of why.

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Timeless

Since it’s upfronts week for all the major TV networks, plenty of news about all your favorite shows has been hitting the web recently. Last week brought a slew of cancellations and renewals for shows on ABC and NBC, and now we have an update on the fate of a bunch of shows over at FOX and CBS.

If you’re having trouble keeping up with all the renewals and cancellations so far, don’t worry, because we’ll have a round-up of which shows are returning, and which ones have been given the axe. But for now, this edition of TV Bits has great news for Timeless viewers and Elementary fans, bad news Scream Queens and 2 Broke Girls fans and potentially interesting news for people who want to get close to San Diego Comic-Con without actually being at the convention itself. Get details on all that and more after the jump. Read More »