‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and ‘Chuck’ star Zachary Levi is set to join the DC Cinematic Universe, scoring the title role in director David F. Sandberg’s big screen outing of ‘Shazam!.’

Created by artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker, the comic centres on teenaged Billy Batson, who, by speaking the magic word “Shazam!,” can transform himself into an adult superhero (Levi) empowered with the abilities of six mythological gods – Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury.

Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke are on scripting duties, with Peter Safran, who worked with Sandberg on ‘Annabelle: Creation,’ producing. Principal photography is expected to commence early next year in Toronto.