AceShowbiz - Following the news of John Cena and Joshua Sasse being the frontrunners for "Shazam" lead role, an audition tape has surfaced revealing that another actor is also in the mix for the role. The folks over at Omega Underground have obtained the video which shows "Arrow" actor Parker Young auditioning for the titular role.
The audition tape is said to be only a week old. It's possible that DC is still looking for their Shazam actor. The tape uses a script that's specific to "Shazam" and features a scene in which Young is performing. The scene appears to take place just after Billy Batson transforms into his super-powered alter-ego and is getting to grips with his grown-up appearance.
The news outlet recently confirmed that production on the upcoming DC movie would kick off in February in Toronto under the working title of "Franklin". The film is expected to be released in theaters across the nation on April 5, 2019. David F. Sandberg ("Lights Out", "Annabelle: Creation") is on board to direct from a script written by Darren Lemke ("Jack the Giant Slayer", "Goosebumps").
As reported before, John Cena and Joshua Sasse are the contenders to land the role of Shazam. The 40-year-old WWE superstar and the 29-year-old British actor are "tentatively" the frontrunners for the role of the Captain Thunder, according to That Hashtag Show, which hints that the movie's possible synopsis is sticking close to the comic's mythology for the titular superhero.
It reads, "Based on the DC Comics character 'Shazam!' Billy Batson becomes Captain Marvel, the world's mightiest mortal, when he says the magic word 'Shazam!' The name is an acronym for six gods and heroes of the ancient world as well as their attributes. The wisdom of Solomon, strength of Hercules, stamina of Atlas, power of Zeus, courage of Achilles and speed of Mercury."