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

07:20  22 june  2021
07:20  22 june  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The Shazam sequel, Shazam : Fury of the Gods, has just found its main baddie in Helen Mirren . Deadline reports that the renowned actress has closed a deal to play the villain Hespera , daughter of Atlas, in the upcoming sequel to the 2019 film starring Zachary Levi as Billy Batson. As far as we can tell, Hespera has no obvious comics counterpart in the DC universe, but given her godlike stature (a fitting character for Dame Helen to play), one could posit the theory that she'll definitely be tied up in something related to the powers of the Shazam alter-ego — which, when activated by Batson, include

Helen Mirren joins the cast of Shazam : Fury of the Gods to play a new DC Extended Universe villain . The original Shazam ! hit theaters in 2019 to overwhelmingly positive reviews. With Zachary Levi's fun-loving superhero in the lead, the film was a decent box office success thanks to its moderate budget. According to THR, Helen Mirren has now joined Shazam : Fury of the Gods' cast. She is set to play one of the villains of the sequel. Her character has been identified as Hespera , the daughter of the god Atlas in Greek mythology. This is the latest franchise Mirren has joined in recent years, as she also

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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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Just Jared revealed the first look at Helen Mirren on the set of Shazam ! Fury of the Gods. Mirren is fully suited up in her armored costume to play the villainous Hespera . #ShazamFuryOfTheGods # Shazam # Shazam 2 1st look at Helen Mirren as one of the villains of the movie Hespera !!!

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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Rachel Murray/Getty Helen Mirren . Helen Mirren has landed her next role as the villain in the sequel to 2019's Shazam ! The Oscar-winning actress, 75, is set to play Hespera , the daughter of Atlas, in Shazam ! Fury Of The Gods opposite Zachary Levi's adult version of the teen Billy Batson, the Mirren is the latest cast member to join the film alongside Rachel Zegler, who is set to star in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story remake. The news of Mirren joining the cast was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter. The 2019 film earned 5 million worldwide. The movie followed Billy (Asher

Helen Mirren has signed on to play the villain Hespera in the Shazam ! sequel which is titled  Shazam ! Hespera is described as a daughter of Atlas. Director David F Sandberg also recently teased that production was set to begin on the sequel soon, by showing his fridge full of coconut water.

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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