As Shazam! continues to flesh out its cast, two new additions have been brought in to the David F. Sandberg-helmed effort.
Courtesy of Deadline, Fresh Off the Boat’s Ian Chen and Bella and the Bulldogs’ Jovan Armand have been brought in to play Eugene and Pedro, two pals of young Billy Batson. The duo join a picture that has Zachary Levi as Shazam, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, and Jack Dylan Grazer and Grace Fulton as some others friends of Billy's. Kingsman’s Mark Strong is in talks to play the villain of the piece, Doctor Sivana.
For those not familiar with the superhero Shazam – formerly known as Captain Marvel – the early synopsis for the film should get you up to speed on the basics:
Based on the DC Comics character Shazam, Billy Batson becomes Captain Marvel, the world’s mightiest mortal, when he says the magic word “Shazam!” The name is an acronym for six gods and heroes of the ancient world as well as their attributes. The wisdom of Solomon, strength of Hercules, stamina of Atlas, power of Zeus, courage of Achilles and speed of Mercury.
Despite Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation’s Sandberg horror heavy past, the current plan is for Shazam! to be a bright, uplifting entry in the DC Extended Universe.
With an April 2019 release date planned, Shazam! will get rolling early next year.