Shazam! Casts IT Actor as DC Comics' Captain Marvel Jr

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According to Deadline, Jack Dylan Grazer from It has been cast as Freddy, Billy Batson's best friend who knows his thunderous secret.

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. By saying the world "Shazam", teenager Billy Batson was transformed into the "world's mightiest mortal" and given extraordinary abilities by ancient gods.

Unlike Billy Batson, Freddy stays a boy when he transforms instead of becoming an adult.

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Mark Strong is also in talks to star as the villain of the film. Zachary Levi will play the titular role of Shazam.

Creation filmmaker David F. Sandberg is directing from a script by Darren Lemke (Jack the Giant Slayer) and Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo). Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be in the gym for the rest of forever. It would be interesting to see how the standalone origin film will set out an arc for Dylan's future Captain Marvel, Jr.

Recently, Johnson, 45, confirmed he was offered the opportunity to play both DC Comics characters, but made a decision to take on Black Adam because there's more depth to his backstory.