Zachary Levi says Shazam! is ‘between Superman and Big’

January 25, 2019 GMT

Zachary Levi thinks the ‘Shazam!’ movie will occupy the space “between ‘Superman’ and ‘Big’”.

The 38-year-old actor - who is set to star as the superhero character in the David F. Sandberg-directed movie - feels he brings something different to the role, admitting he doesn’t have the same kind of physique as the likes of Chris Pratt, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth.

He confessed: “There was definitely a part of me that felt like, ‘Oh, maybe I’m never really going to have my shot at something like this because you need to be, I don’t know, one of the Chrises.’

“I don’t know, either starting super-ripped or super-moody or super-sexy, whatever that is. I always felt like I was more of an every-guy.

“I felt like I was following in a Tom Hanks kind of trajectory. But then when I realised that we genuinely were making something between ‘Superman’ and ‘Big’, I was like, ‘Damn, this is a dream job.’

“I couldn’t have prayed or thought about this more. So, there, that’s how I became me ... in this.”

Zachary is a self-confessed comic-book fanatic, and he is relishing the chance of starring in the ‘Shazam!’ movie.

He told Collider: “As a nerd who loved and lived this world for so long, and still do to some level, that I don’t have to restrain myself with the f***ing coolness factor, is so great.

“I have to act so little. I just get to be me on so many levels. It’s great. It’s really really fun.”