Cooper Andrews, known for his recurring appearances on AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire and The Walking Dead, has been cast in David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! movie for DC. The Polynesian, New York-born actor broke onto the scene with a recurring character on Halt and Catch Fire, which “dramatizes the [1980s] personal computing boom through the eyes of” three bona fide geniuses who try to dismantle the industry’s corporate monopolization through innovation and more than a little bit of ego. Andrews’ character, Yo-Yo Engberk, was featured fairly regularly for the first three seasons before being cast in AMC’s The Walking Dead in 2016.
Although Halt and Catch Fire has been regarded as the better of the two shows, The Walking Dead is certainly more popular. Andrews first appeared in the season 7 episode, “The Well,” making his most recent appearance in this year’s mid-season finale, “How It’s Gotta Be,” which has been creating even more controversy amongst fans, who have been fairly unsatisfied with where the show’s gone in recent years. The introduction of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan in 2016 was a breaking point for many fans, and Andrews’ character, Jerry, was a product of that new storyline as a loyalist to the Kingdom, one of the many factions introduced throughout the series.
However, as an actor, the guy’s got undeniable chops, and is a welcome presence in Sandberg’s upcoming film, which has Zachary Levi in the titular role, as well as Asher Angel, who starred in Disney’s Andi Mack – a new, LGBT-themed series that was hailed as a return to form for the channel and one of the best things they’ve produced recently – before being cast as Billy Batson. Additionally, IT star Jack Dylan Grazer was cast as Freddy Freeman, and actor Mark Strong is in talks to join the cast as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.
Shazam! hits theaters on April 5th, 2019.