Shazam’s Zachary Levi to host 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards
Shazam! star Zachary Levi will be taking the stage as the host of the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards airing this June, Variety has confirmed. Check out Levi’s Instagram post announcing the news below!
Levi, whose credits also include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Thor: Ragnarok, and Chuck, will emcee the event on June 17, with categories and nominees scheduled to be announced in the coming weeks. The award show will take place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. There could be some musical numbers in store, as Levi is also a talented singer. The actor earned a Tony nomination for best leading man in Broadway’s She Loves Me in 2016 on top of his musical skills featured in Disney’s Tangled as Flynn Rider.
Previous MTV Movie & TV Awards hosts include Tiffany Haddish, Adam Devine, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Conan O’Brien, Rebel Wilson, Russell Brand, Jason Sudeikis, and Andy Samberg.
Levi can currently be seen on the big screen starring as the titular hero Shazam! We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).
The cast includes Asher Angel (Andi Mack) as Billy Batson, Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) as The Wizard, and Mark Strong (Kingsman) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. The film also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (IT) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (This is Us); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (Fresh Off the Boat); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (Hawaii Five-0). Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead) and Marta Milans (Killer Women) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez.
Directed by David F. Sandberg from a script by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke, Shazam! is now playing in theaters everywhere.
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