'Shazam!' Casts 'It' Star Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman

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New Line wants to keep It breakout star Jack Dylan Grazer in the studio family, as he signs on for their upcoming DC comic film SHAZAM!

The actor has joined the cast of New Line's Shazam! By saying the world "Shazam", teenager Billy Batson was transformed into the "world's mightiest mortal" and given extraordinary abilities by ancient gods. Grazer will play Billy's best friend and only other person who knows the truth about Shazam, Freddy Freedman.


In the DC comic books, a character named Freddy Freeman was introduced in Whiz Comics #25 (December 1941) as a crippled newsboy who Shazam (called Captain Marvel in the comics) rescues from the evil Captain Nazi.

In addition to It, Grazer's past credits include Me, Myself & I, Tales of Halloween, Comedy Bang!


Directed by David F. Sandberg and written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemk, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi as Shazam (formerly Captain Marvel), Asher Angel as Billy Batson and Mark Strong as the villain Doctor Sivana. The film is set to begin production in Vancouver next year.

Shazam! does not have a release date and is eyeing a February start date in Toronto.


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