Zachary Levi & Cole Sprouse to star in Lionsgate’s music comedy Undercover
Shazam! star Zachary Levi and Riverdale actor Cole Sprouse have officially signed on for the leading roles in Lionsgate’s forthcoming music-driven family comedy film titled Undercover. The film will be directed by Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink. In addition, Levi took to Instagram to share his excitement for the film, revealing that Undercover will be featuring “some of the most iconic tunes of the last 50 years.” Check out his full post below!
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So stoked to announce my latest project “Under Cover”, starring (so far) the uber talented @colesprouse and myself, and to be directed by my pal #StevePink! Y’all, this is gonna be a real humdinger! A big thank you to @lionsgate @mandfilms @liebermantodd et al for believing in this project, and trusting me to lead it. It’s gonna be chock full of heart, humor, and some of the most iconic tunes of the last 50 years, that I get to SING!!! Let’s party.
In Undercover, Levi will play the role of Jack, a down-on-his-luck rocker-turned-father, who, to make ends meet, secretly joins a group of young musicians in a wedding cover band led by misfit Ben, played by Cole Sprouse. Things start looking up for this ragtag band, but when Jack’s secret gets revealed, he rediscovers what’s truly important in life while teaching Ben to find his own voice as a musical talent.
“Like School of Rock and Pitch Perfect, Undercover is a movie that unites audiences with the way the cast interprets and performs familiar songs.” President of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Nathan Kahane said in a statement. “Not only is it hilarious and charming, but it’s going to be a blast to see personalities like Zachary and Cole own their performances of so many classics.”
Produced by Mandeville Films’ Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman (Beauty and the Beast), the film will be directed by Steve Pink from a script written by Amy Talkington with revisions by Jonathan Igla, Diablo Cody, Chris Hazzard & Michael Fontana. It is co-production by Lionsgate and Mandeville Films with Jonathan Levine and Mandeville’s Alex Young serving as executive producers. Meredith Wieck and Aaron Edmonds will oversee the film for Lionsgate.
Production on Undercover is expected to begin this coming April.
Levi is best known for his superhero role in DC Films’ Shazam! which grossed $365 million at the worldwide box office. He also first gained recognition as the lead star in NBC’s long-running spy comedy series Chuck which ran on air for five seasons fro 2007-2012. For his performance in the 2016 play She Loves Me, Levi had earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.
Cole Sprouse is a former Disney child star who first rose to fame at a young age with his twin brother Dylan Sprouse as they co-starred in Disney Channel’s iconic sitcoms The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Suite Life on Deck which ran on air from 2005-2011. Currently, he is starring in The CW’s teen drama series Riverdale.
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