Kyle Gardiner, who most recently served as stunt coordinator on Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok and Warner Bros' upcoming DCEU production Aquaman, will oversee the stunts for New Line Cinema's Shazam! Gardiner has worked on some of Hollywood's recent big productions to shoot in Australia, including Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Kong: Skull Island and San Andreas.
Shazam! director David F. Sandberg recruited his Annabelle: Creation cinematographer Maxime Alexandre and production designer Jennifer Spence for the superhero fantasy, which stars Asher Angel as wayward teen Billy Batson, who is granted the powers of six ancient gods and heroes — Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achiles, Mercury — with the utterance of the word "Shazam," turning him into a grown and mystical superhero (played by Zachary Levi).
The movie will operate in the same world occupied by Superman (Henry Cavill), with audition tapes pointing to a clear link between Shazam! and the DCEU, home to movies like Wonder Woman and Justice League.
Shazam! is currently in pre-production under the working title of "Franklin," and will star Levi, Asher and Grace Fulton. Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Golden Circle star Mark Strong is linked to the role of the film's villain, while Warner Bros. is developing a solo movie for Black Adam — Shazam's most notorious foe — to be played by The Fate of the Furious and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star Dwayne Johnson.
Shazam! is scheduled for an April 5, 2019 release.
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