Entertainment Helen Mirren seen in costume as villain Hespera on set of Shazam! 2

07:40  22 june  2021
07:40  22 june  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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New photos of the Shazam! 2 cast in costume were posted Monday by the film's director David F. Sandberg.

And later in the day, photos from the set were shared giving fans their first look at Helen Mirren as villain Hespera.

The British Oscar winner, 75, was seen in the snaps with star Zachary Levi who plays the title role in the DC Comics superhero sequel.

Mirren's costume was reminiscent of a Roman gladiator outfit with leather tunic and body armor.

She carried a sword attached to her waist with a leather belt and had metallic epaulettes and headgear.

The actress wore a long gray wig curled into a single ringlet that fell down her front over her shoulder.

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It seems the photos were taken during a break in filming as Mirren and Levi looked to be hanging out by craft services.

At one point, they were photographed sitting opposite each other at a picnic table with food in front of them.

Crewmembers around the pair were wearing face masks in keeping with on set COVID-19 protocols.

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Production on Shazam! Fury of the Gods only recently got underway in Atlanta, Georgia.

And Mirren's villain has had some comic book fans scratching their heads as Hespera is not included in the DC Comics canon.

According to Comicbook.com, Hepsera, who has been described as 'a daughter of Atlas, is an original creation by screenwriter Henry Gayden.

Gayden penned the screenplay for the original movie released in 2019 and reunited with director Sandberg for the follow-up.

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In addition to Mirren, Lucy Liu is also appearing the sequel, playing another villain Kalypso, who is the sister of Mirren's character.

Sandberg posted his cast photos on Twitter Monday morning, explaining: 'Don’t know how long we can keep the new suits from leaking so here’s a pic I took the other day.'

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The first Shazam! followed 14-year-old Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who is chosen by a wizard to become an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) by simply saying the word Shazam.

Sandberg's group photo showed Levi with fellow castmembers Adam Brody, Meagan Good, Ross Butler, Grace Fulton and DJ Cotrona who play Billy's friends in their adult superhero form.

Angel will return for the sequel as well, along with the other stars playing the younger counterparts, Jack Dylan Grazer (Freddy Freeman), Faithe Herman (Dara Dudley), Ian Chen (Eugene Choi), and Jovan Armand (Pedro Pena), with Sandberg confirming Fulton is playing both versions of Mary Bromfield.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods has been scheduled for a June 2, 2023 release date.

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