'Shazam!' Reportedly To Begin Filming Early 2018; A 2019 Release Likely

The Hollywood Reporter have learned through their sources that New Line Cinema/DC Films' next film to begin production is Shazam!

The film, which will revolve around a young boy who has the ability to transform into Shazam -  a being who has the wisdom of Solomon; the strength of Hercules; the stamina of Atlas; the power of Zeus; the courage of Achilles; the speed of Mercury, will reportedly film in either January or February of 2018.

A 2019 release is likely to happen.

Annabelle: Creation helmer, David F. Sandberg is on board to direct the film for New Line, with Peter Safran, who is currently a producer on Aquaman and has worked with Sandberg before, in talks to produce Shazam! Henry Gayden is set to pen the script of the film.

Dwayne Johnson, who will play Black Adam - an enemy of Shazam's - will not appear in the film but will be a producer and star on a film centring around Black Adam himself. Geoff Johns, co-head of DC Films confirmed this saying that “we haven’t announced any casting yet. But Dwayne isn’t going to be in this movie. He’s still doing Black Adam, but he won’t be in Shazam!

Source: THR

Updated: July 21, Geoff Johns confirming Johnson's absence from the film


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