Bow to your new goddess. Helen Mirren has joined the cast of Shazam! Fury of the Gods.
Mirren will play Hespera, Atlas’s daughter and sister to Rachel Zegler’s unnamed character. While sources indicate that Hespera – who doesn’t own a DC Comics counterpart – will be the villain of the film, it’s likely that both Mirren’s and Zegler’s personalities are on either side of Billy Batson (Asher Angel) and his superhero counterpart Shazam ( Zachary Levi).
Released in April 2019 in the United States, Shazam follows 14-year-old Billy, who has the talent to transform into the adult hero Shazam (Levi). With the help of his foster brother Freddy, Billy is able to master his powers – including flying, super speed and lightning – to defeat the evil Sivana (Mark Strong), who allied with the Seven Deadly Sins. The film grossed $ 365 million at the worldwide box office with $ 80- $ 100 million in funding, making it the third lowest-grossing film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), ahead of Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman 1984. .
Shazam! Manager David F. Sandberg will once again lead the sequel, which will begin filming in May. Originally scheduled to hit theaters on April 1, 2022, the film was delayed twice, with the final release date being June 2, 2023.
DC and Warner Bros. have many DCEU movies in theaters before Shazam! Fury of the Gods, including James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad on August 6, Andy Muschietti’s The Flash on November 4, 2022 and James Wan’s Aquaman Two on December 16, 2022. Other films in development include the new Gods, Batgirl, Static Shock, The Trench, Magic Woman 3 and Zatanna. A TV spin-off series based on The Suicide Squad personality Peacemaker could also be in the works on HBO Max.
Shazam’s nemesis, Black Adam, is also getting his own movie starring Dwayne Johnson. While Black Adam lost its release date due to the coronavirus pandemic, shooting will begin this spring.
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! Fury of the Gods stars Zachary Levi as Shazam, Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Marta Milans as Mama Rosa, Helen Mirren as Hespera and Rachel Zegler in secret position. The film will hit theaters on June 2, 2023.