DC's Shazam! movie casts one of the IT movie kids

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Every kid wants to be a superhero, but how many of them actually get the chance?

Following on from running away from creepy clown Pennywise in the crazy huge hit IT, Jack Dylan Grazer has been cast in DC's upcoming movie Shazam!

Deadline has confirmed that Grazer will play Freddy Freeman, the only person who knows that his friend Billy Batson can transform into a superhero by uttering some magic words.

Over the years in the comics, Freddy has eventually become a superhero in his own right – first as Captain Marvel Jr and later under the name Shazam itself.

It's unknown whether Freddy will do any superheroics in the film, or whether that will be all down to Zachary Levi's Captain Marvel (aka, Billy Batson transformed into a grown-up superhero with his magic).

Mark Strong stars in the film as villain Doctor Sivana, making his return to DC after he played Sinestro in Green Lantern.

Photo credit: DC Comics

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson was eyeing the lead role in Shazam, before he chose to pursue a solo movie for arch-nemesis Black Adam (which he may debut in the Suicide Squad sequel) instead.

Shazam! doesn't currently have a release date, but filming will kick off in Toronto in February.

Warner Bros and DC currently have Justice League in cinemas, you can read our review here and watch the trailer below:

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