In an Instagram post, Zachary Levi expressed his thoughts on being cast as Captain Marvel in DC’s upcoming Shazam film:
“Honored and greatly humbled to be a part of the #dcuniverse by bringing the original Captain Marvel to life. I am beside myself with gratitude, not only for this opportunity, but also the incredible outpouring of love and support from so many of you out there in the world. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in the gym for the rest of forever.”
The Chuck and Hero’s Reborn actor wasn’t exactly on everyone’s radar to take on the role of the the Big Red Cheese (Jon Cena was at the top of the rumor mill list), but provided Levi can get into the right physical shape, he seems like he could pull off the superhero/gee golly aspect of the character really well.
Not much is known about the production yet, (outside of the fact that Dwayne Johnson’s Captain Marvel nemesis Black Adam will not be appearing in the film), but David F. Sandberg is rumored to direct, with a tentative release date of April 19th, 2019.