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'Shazam!' Finds Billy Batson's Best Friend In IT Actor Jack Dylan

'Shazam!' Finds Billy Batson's Best Friend In IT Actor Jack Dylan

Following a breakout performance in New Line's box office record-breaker It, Jack Dylan Grazer has been added to the cast of the studio's DC Comic film, Shazam!. In the comics, Freddy eventually becomes a hero in his own right and adopts the identity of Captain Marvel Jr. Unlike Billy's Captain Marvel, Freeman's Captain Marvel Jr. remains a teenager in his transformed state.

As Deadline reports, Dylan Grazer will star opposite Zachary Levi in the title role and Asher Angel as the pint-sized version of the hero, Billy Batson.

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

Creation filmmaker David F. Sandberg is directing from a script by Darren Lemke (Jack the Giant Slayer) and Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo).

'It' Star Jack Dylan Grazer Joins DC Superhero Film 'Shazam!'
Asher Angel to Play Billy Batson in DC's 'Shazam!'

Captain Marvel's arch nemesis is the supervillain Black Adam, who will be played by Dwayne Johnson in a separate film which will build to a future big screen adventure in which they will both clash. He'll be heading to the DC Comics' movie Shazam! in a supporting role.

Jack Dylan Grazer starred in IT, which was the highest grossing horror film ever, with $694M worldwide.

The actor has joined the cast of New Line's Shazam! He also appeared in the CBS series Me, Myself & I and will next be seen in the drama Beautiful Boy with Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet.