Zachary Levi Compares Shazam! To Tom Hanks' Big
The DC Films actor talks about the story of Shazam!
Shazam Actor Compares Film To 1988's Big!
Warner Bros. & New Line's Shazam! is deep into pre-production as the fiolm gets ready to move in front of cameras early next year. Recently, star Zachary Levi (known for his roles in Chuck, Thor: The Dark World, and Heroes Reborn) who will bring the mighty hero to life, stopped by KTLA 5 to share a few intriguing tidbits about the upcoming David Sandberg-directed film. He teases the film's fun coming-of-age tone and comparing it favorably to a Tom Hanks classic saying, "The hope is that it’s gonna feel like the movie ‘Big’, but with superpowers... So, you’re gonna have the heart of that kind of Tom Hanks of the kid in you. I’m honored and greatly humbled to be a part of it. It’s insane. These superhero roles, they come around very seldom and to be somebody who’s blessed enough to get to pull that brass ring and to go have a franchise, a tentpole, it’s insane. It’s just one of those things where you can’t look at that as being a bad thing. If you’re looking at that as a bad thing, then you need to go do a lot more therapy.”
Shazam! is directed by David F. Sandberg, written by Darren Lemke, and stars Zachary Levi as Shazam, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, and Grace Fulton in an undisclosed role. When young orphan Billy Batson meets a mysterious Wizard, he is transformed and only must utter the word Shazam to turn into an adult superhero with the powers of the ancient gods. Created by artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker the character first appeared in Whiz Comics #2 (cover-dated Feb. 1940), published by Fawcett Comics. Shazam! zaps into theaters April 5, 2019.