Disney Channel star Asher Angel has been cast as Billy Batson, opposite Zachary Levi in New Line’s DC superhero film ‘Shazam!’. The actor is best known for his role as Jonah Beck on the Disney Channel series ‘Andi Mack’. The film follows a boy (Angel) who can transform into an adult superhero by uttering the magic word “Shazam!”

The name is an acronym of the ancient gods and historical figures Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury, who Batson derives his heroic attributes from when in adult form.

Mark Strong is in talks for the role of the currently unrevealed villain, while ‘Lights Out’ director David F. Sandberg is helming. The film will be the next DC Cinematic Universe movie to begin shooting, ahead of ‘Flashpoint’, the Joss Whedon-directed ‘Batgirl’, and the sequel to ‘Suicide Squad’.

DC/Warner Bros. are also currently developing a standalone film about Black Adam, Shazam’s arch nemesis, with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson attached to play Black Adam.

By Justina Terhember