Adam Brody Read For This Marvel Hero Before Shazam
In the early 2010s, the MCU was beginning to find its legs, and folks across the entertainment world were interested in taking part. Even a relatively niche character like Star-Lord had some high-profile actors hopeful they could bring the character to life at the movies. This list of actors included John Krasinski, Glenn Howerton, and Eddie Redmayne, to name a few, in addition to someone Adam Brody got to work with quite closely while filming both “Shazam!” movies: Shazam himself, Zachary Levi.
Levi recalled his experience of almost being cast as Star-Lord in an interview with ComicBook.com, telling the website of his closeness with “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, “I’ve been at a Christmas party of his and almost was Star-Lord in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.'” Ultimately, Levi didn’t land the role, but he noted that he left such a strong impression on Gunn that when producer Peter Safran was working on “Shazam!”, Gunn pushed him to hire Levi for the starring role. With that, he became a leading man under the DC banner.
They may have missed out on the Star-Lord role and, therefore, a chance to become major MCU stars, but it’s fair to say that both Zachary Levi and Adam Brody have done well for themselves elsewhere in Hollywood.