'Shazam!' Finds Its Billy Batson with 'Andi Mack' Actor

Shazam Billy Batson

For a movie that is starting production in just about three months, Shazam! still has a lot of pieces of the puzzle to fit in, but those pieces seem to be coming along at a nice clip thus far.

Multiple sources reported today that Asher Angel, co-star of teen comedy series Andi Mack on The Disney Channel, has signed on to play the role of Billy Batson.

Shooting on Shazam! - the next film in line to get the DCEU treatment - is set to begin early next year. If that casting move pans out, it would reunite Fulton with Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg, whom DC's tapped to direct the Shazam! reboot.

Batson is the teenage alter ego of the adult superhero who, after speaking the wizard Shazam's name, is granted the powers of the gods Solomon (wisdom), Hercules (strength), Atlas (stamina), Zeus (power), Achilles (courage), and Mercury (speed). Angel is now a star of the Dinsey Channel series Andi Mack. He's fielded guest roles on Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn and, as a toddler, appeared in the 2008 Jessica Chastain-starring drama film, Jolene.

THR reports that Mark Strong will play the villainous Dr. Thaddeus Sivana in the film.

Asher Angel has joined the DC universe. Could she end up being his long lost sister Mary, who has a superheroic future of her own?

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