THOR: RAGNAROK And AQUAMAN Stunt Coordinator Hired For SHAZAM!

Kyle Gardiner will oversee stunts for New Line's upcoming film Shazam! Gardiner is best known for his recent work on Thor: Rangarok, Alien: Covenant, Hacksaw Ridge, and Aquaman - all shot in Australia.

Kyle Gardiner, who most recently served as stunt coordinator on Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok and Warner Bros' upcoming DCEU production Aquaman, has reportedly been hired for New Line Cinema's Shazam! According to a new report from Omega Underground, Gardiner will oversee stunts for the film.

In addition to his work on superhero flicks, Gardiner's resume also includes Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Kong: Skull Island, and San Andreas.

Shazam! is currently in pre-production under the working title of "Franklin." It will star Asher Angel as Billy Batson, a teen who can transform into an adult superhero (played by Zachary Levi in the film) by speaking the magic word “Shazam!”, an acronym for ancient gods and historical figures Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury. In his adult form, he wields superhuman strength, speed, flight, and more.

Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Golden Circle star Mark Strong has been in talks to play the villainous Doctor Sivana, who in the more recent New 52 incarnation of the character turns to magic in an attempt to save his family, and ultimately winds up forming an alliance with Black Adam. Warner Bros. is currently developing a solo movie for Black Adam - Shazam's most notorious foe (anti-hero?) - starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Shazam! will operate in the same world as Henry Cavill's Superman, with the site claiming to have uncovered audition tapes pointing to a clear link between Shazam! and the DCEU, which is home to movies like Wonder Woman and Justice League.

Shazam! is aiming to begin production on February 5 in Toronto, with a theatrical release set for April 5, 2019.

 

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