Helen Mirren to play supervillain in 'Shazam 2'

Tom Butler
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Helen Mirren will face Shazam in the upcoming superhero sequel (Warner Bros./PA)
Helen Mirren will face Shazam in the upcoming superhero sequel (Warner Bros./PA)

Dame Helen Mirren will star as a villain in Shazam! Fury Of The Gods it has been announced.

The Oscar-winning actress, 75, will star as Hespera, the daughter of Atlas, in the sequel to the 2019 film Shazam!

Her casting was confirmed on the official Shazam! Twitter account.

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The Warner Bros film, part of the DC Comics extended universe, is a sequel to 2019’s Shazam! It tells the story of a teenage boy — Billy Batson, played by Asher Angel — who has the power to transform into the superhero Shazam, simply by saying the word.

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Zachary Levi will return as the titular superhero while Rachel Zegler, who plays Maria in Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming West Side Story adaptation, will also appear.

(Credit: Warner Bros)
(Credit: Warner Bros)

David F Sandberg is set to direct Shazam! Fury Of The Gods.

Also in development is a film based on Shazam! antagonist Black Adam, with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in the starring role.

London-born Mirren has been nominated for four Academy Awards and won the best actress Oscar for her lead role in 2006 royal drama The Queen.

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