Variety reports Asher Angel has been cast in the upcoming Shazam movie as Billy Batson. The role is a co-starring one, as Billy is the child alter-ego of Zachary Levi’s Shazam.
In comic book lore, young Billy was granted the magical ability to transform into an the fully-grown superhero, summoning Greek-mythological powers, by repeating the phrase, “Shazam” (an acronym for Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury).
Asher Angel has been a regular on the Disney Channel kid comedy series Andi Mack, which is set to return for its second season in 2018. He’s fielded guest roles on Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn and, as a toddler, appeared in the 2008 Jessica Chastain-starring drama film, Jolene. He’ll next appear in director Tati Vogt’s upcoming drama film, On Pointe.
Shazam is set to release on the 5th April 2019.