David F. Sandberg, director of the upcoming Shazam! movie got to talk about its tone and just when we might hear about casting.
Shazam! is the next DCEU film slated to shoot, with a planned start date in early next year, but it currently has no official cast. Dwayne Johnson was attached for years to play villain Black Adam, but after a solo Black Adam film was announced, he is no longer supposed to appear in Shazam!. Not to mention fans have been waiting years for news on who could be playing Billy Batson and Shazam respectively.
Speaking to ET, David Sandberg was able to give a very brief update on casting, saying fans can expect some “exciting updates” “hopefully soon”. It’s not much to go on, but it means the casting process is probably underway, specifically for the title role, if it’s really exciting.
Furthermore, he talked about what approaching the movie was like for him as a director and recent fan of the character.
“To be honest, it was not a superhero I grew up with either. When I grew up in Sweden, there wasn’t a lot of Shazam around. So it’s someone who I’ve learned to love later in life as well, so I can relate to [people who are] new to Shazam. I think [it] might be a good thing that I’m doing it, because I know what you need to learn.”
This experience lets him know just what people need to see in order to become quick Shazam fans. He then reassured that it will be a fun and lighthearted movie, matching the outlook of its hero.
“It’s very fun, lighthearted movie. It’s about a kid who gets to become an adult superhero, so that’s just gonna be so fun to explore.”
Sandberg sounds like the man for the job. Hopefully we’ll be able to bring you official casting news soon.