Movie News: ‘Shazam’ Character Details Revealed

Annabelle: Creation

Shazam: Readers of DC’s comic book series Shazam known that the character is the alter ego of a boy named Billy Batson, leading some to question how that will be handled in the upcoming big-screen adaptation. Will the actor cast as Shazam be de-aged to play Billy Batson? Director David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation, above) says: “I wouldn’t want to do that. That seems like way too much of a hassle. So I think it’s just kind of best to have a kid and an adult.” [Collider]

Tobe Hooper

Tobe Hooper: Director Tobe Hooper (above), best known for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, has passed away. He was 74. After Hooper gained notoriety for helming the groundbreaking indie scare flick, he directed a variety of horror movies over the next 40 years, including Poltergeist and Lifeforce on the big screen and Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot on television. [Variety]

The Martian

Han Solo: Donald Glover (above in The Martian) has completed filming his role as Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo spinoff movie, according to director Ron Howard, who shared a photo of the two in a happy moment (below). Howard described the actor as “wildly impressive.” The movie is set for release on May 25, 2018. [Twitter]

Wildly impressive @donaldglover wrapped his work on #UntitledHanSoloMovie last night. We’re all gonna miss you Donald!

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) August 26, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok Clip: New footage from Thor: Ragnarok features a mighty battle between Thor and the Hulk, as well as inserts showcasing Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson). Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Cate Blanchett star; the movie will open in theaters on November 3. [Twitter]

“It’s main event time!” ??

— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) August 26, 2017