The MTV Movie & TV Awards are tapping into the super powers of current superhero star Zachary Levi, with the "Shazam!" headliner set to emcee the ceremony.
The network and Levi revealed the news on Tuesday, with the actor taking to his social media accounts to spread the word and hype up fans.
"This is not a drill," Levi captioned a silly video of him marveling over the awards show's signature golden popcorn trophy. "We gon’ do the damn thang."
Levi's selection is perfect timing, tapping into the excitement over his starring role in the DC hit "Shazam!," in which he plays a teenager who can transform into the titular superhero on command. And the goofy, good-natured actor seems like a great fit for the awards, which are typically irreverent and over-the-top in every regard.
The awards have undergone some serious changes in recent years, rebranding back in 2017 to also honor television alongside movies. That same year also featured another first: Giving out an award for the best performance in a film by either a male or female actor, rather than dividing awards by gender. Emma Watson took home that inaugural trophy, for "Beauty and the Beast."
Of course, they're still plenty silly (see Chris Pratt's heartfelt -- and poop-filled -- speech from last year). We expect Levi to embody that vibe throughout the night.
The 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards are set to air on June 17.
We all have a superhero inside of us -- it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In 14-year-old Billy Batson's case, all he needs to do is shout out one word to transform into the adult superhero Shazam. Still a kid at heart, Shazam revels in the new version of himself by doing what any other teen would do -- have fun while testing out his newfound powers. But he'll need to master them quickly before the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana can get his hands on Shazam's magical abilities. Read More