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'West Side Story' Star Rachel Zegler Joins 'Shazam 2' in Key Role

Rachel Zegler has landed a “key role” in the upcoming DC Comics movie Shazam: Fury of the Gods!

The 19-year-old actress is playing Maria in the upcoming movie remake of the musical West Side Story, which was supposed to be released in theaters this past December. The film was delayed by a full year due to the pandemic. (See the glam photos that she shared on the day the movie was set to hit theaters)

TheWrap reports that Rachel has joined the cast of the Shazam sequel, but details about her character are being kept under wraps right now.

“i am in my key role in shazam 2 era,” she tweeted after the news was announced.

Rachel is the second Colombian American actress to be cast in a DC superhero project after last week’s announcement that Sasha Calle will be playing Supergirl in The Flash.

Zachary Levi is set to reprise his role as Shazam in the upcoming movie with David F. Sandberg returning to direct.

Henry Cavill Will Not Appear in 'Shazam 2' as Superman

Sad news for DC Comics fans who were hoping to see Henry Cavill reprise his role as Superman in the upcoming movie Shazam 2… it’s not happening.

There have been rumors swirling that Henry would be appearing in the upcoming film Shazam! Fury of the Gods, but sources close to the project are denying this to Variety.

Superman makes a brief appearance in the first Shazam movie when the film’s title superhero, played by Zachary Levi, convinces Superman to come to Billy Batson’s high school to confront some bullies. In the scene, Superman is only seen from the neck down.

Shazam 2‘s director David F. Sandberg took to Twitter to address the rumors, without going into too much detail.

“Not going to comment on casting rumors for several reasons. One being you can’t be sure about anything until it’s happened. Halfway through shooting Shazam the plan was still for Cavill to be in it. Scoopers could have scooped that and been right at the time but wrong in the end,” he said. “Though I can confirm with ~90% certainty that Shazam will appear in Shazam 2. So if you’re a fan of that character you might enjoy Shazam 2.”

Shazam Reveals the 20 Most Shazamed Songs of All Time & Number 1 Is a Huge Hit!

Shazam, the app that can identify who sings a particular song if you play a snippet into your device’s microphone, has revealed some information we’ve all wanted to know for a while!

The app revealed the most Shazamed songs of all time.

There are some big names on this list like Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Lewis Capaldi, and more. It’s unclear why some of these songs needed Shazaming, but we’re here for the info!

The number one song on this list was just released in 2019 and it’s a mega hit! Have you ever used Shazam to figure out any of these 20 songs?

Click through the slideshow to see the 20 songs that users have Shazamed the most over the years…

Zachary Levi Announces Official Title for 'Shazam!' Sequel!

The Shazam! sequel has an official title!

Zachary Levi and co-stars Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Faithe Herman, Meagan Good, and Adam Brody joined director David F. Sandberg during the 2020 DC FanDomee virtual fan convention on Saturday (August 22).

While they didn’t give away a lot of info about the sequel, they did announce that it will be titled Shazam: Fury of the Gods.

Also during the virtual panel, it was announced that Sinbad is joining the cast!

“Sinbad, are you in Shazam 2?” Zachary asked.

“You tell me, John Krazinski, am I? Because everybody though I was in ‘Shazam 1’ before it even existed — Google it,” Sinbad joked, referencing internet theories that he’d starred in a comedy about a genie called “Shazam” in the 1990s.

In the end, Sinbad did confirm that he will be appearing in the Shazam sequel.

As of right now, Shazam: Fury of the Gods is scheduled to hit theaters on November 4, 2022.

'Shazam!' Writer Shares Un-Filmed Script Pages to Encourage Black Lives Matter Donations

The screenwriter for Shazam! is encouraging fans to donate to different Black Lives Matter organizations.

Henry Gayden has decided to start sharing un-filmed script pages from the movie in order to get fans to make more donations in the fight against racial injustice.

“A Feat of Strength for a Feat of Strength. For 7 days, I will post never-shot feats from Shazam and ask you to donate — any amount helps! — to the true heroes out there making change happen in real time,” Henry wrote on Twitter. He later revealed that his tweets have been approved by Warner Bros. and DC.

The two script pages shared so far follow Billy Batson (Asher Angel) and Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer) as they test out the various superpowers of the titular hero (Zachary Levi).

As of right now, Shazam 2 is set to release in November 2022. Find out what Zachary recently said about the sequel.

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Zachary Levi Talks The Future Of 'Shazam 2' Amid Shutdowns

Zachary Levi is promising fans that plans for Shazam 2 are still on track, despite Hollywood shutdowns due to coronavirus.

The 39-year-old actor, who plays the titular character in the film, spoke to ET about what’s happening with the movie.

“Right now, they’re writing an amazing script,” Zach shared. “I don’t have any real details on that. I’ve got some generals and they all sound amazing.”

He also acknowledged that whenever the movie is back on track and starts shooting, it will be a new normal for the industry and come with new rules.

“There’s definitely going to be some major protocols that are put in place,” he added. “What those protocols are, I’m not sure yet. I’m doing my own due diligence as an actor waiting to go back to work, but also as a producer and someone who’s trying to create my own world out here in which to produce. I’ve been actively trying to figure out when the gears can start moving a bit again, but I don’t know for sure.”

Shazam 2 got a new release date in December, just months before Hollywood, and many other things, shut down because of the pandemic.

As of right now, Shazam 2 is set to release in November 2022.

Robert Pattinson's 'The Batman' Release Date Changed, 'The Flash' & 'Shazam 2' Also Moved

The Batman‘s release date has been changed.

Originally, the Robert Pattinson-led film was intended to be released on June 25, 2021. Now, Warner Bros. has announced that the film will be instead released four months later on October 1, 2021.

In addition, some other superhero films are being altered.

The Flash has been moved from August 1, 2022 to June 2, 2022 and Shazam 2 has been changed from April 1, 2022 until November 4, 2022.

In addition, the Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark, will be released in March of 2021.

These delays are coming as there is speculation that COVID-19 could keep movie theaters for an extended period of time.