Shazam! Debuts First Official Look At Zachary Levi in Costume

Djimon Hounsou to Play The Wizard in Shazam

What do yo think of Zachary Levi's new Shazam! costume? He's not a last minute addition being inserted into the movie during reshoots or in post-production, but instead he's been cast in the movie for awhile, but his involvement had not yet been discovered until now.

Today, we've learned who'll be playing The Wizard, the ancient sorcerer who granted Billy Batson with those powers.

The 2019 spinoff stars boy wonder Billy Batson (Disney Channel star Angel Asher), who one day encounters a odd and mysterious wizard (Djimon Hounsou) while riding the subway. The role was previously reported to belong to Ron Cephas Jones, but his casting never came together due to a scheduling conflict.

EW unveiled the photo on Tuesday and it features Levi as the titular hero, alongside young actor Jack Dylan Grazer, who plays Freddy Freeman. However, as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has proven time and time again, remaining secretive about certain aspects of a film sometimes indicates the exact opposite: that big things are bubbling below the surface.

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Hounsou also played the Kree mercenary Korath the Pursuer in Guardians of the Galaxy as well as the upcoming Captain Marvel - so he's pulling off the rare feat of having significant roles in both the Marvel and DC universe at the same time.

Hounsou rose to fame in major roles in films like Amistad and Gladiator, and was previously in another DC title - playing Papa Midnite in 2005's Constantine.

When it comes to Shazam's famous suit, though, turns out director David Sandberg (Lights Out) sought inspiration from the character's animated shows, along with the original comics, resulting in an old-school guise for Zachary Levi's DCEU debut.

While speaking to EW about the design of the suit, director David Sandberg revealed that he was influenced by numerous various Shazam costumes over the years, from the classic comics to the animated TV shows.

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