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Helen Mirren cast as villain Hespera in ‘Shazam 2’

Oscar-winning English actor Helen Mirren will be joining the DC universe in David F Sandberg’s sequel, Shazam! Fury of the Gods.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mirren has joined the cast as villain Hespera, the daughter of Atlas, in the sequel to the 2019 hit superhero flick.

She’ll be joining recently cast West Side Story star Rachel Zegler, with the outlet stating that Mirren and Zegler may “play sisters who both may or may not be of ill intent.”

Mirren is no stranger to big blockbuster movies, having starred in comic book adaptation Red 2 alongside Bruce Willis and in the Fast and Furious franchise as the mother to Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw. She’ll soon be reprising that role in F9.

The two new additions will be joining the established cast of Zachary Levi as the adult version of teenager Billy Batson, Asher Angel as teenager Billy Batson, Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman, Adam Brody as adult version of Freddy Freeman, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley and Marta Milans as Rosa Vasquez.