Shazam! Fury of the Gods star Helen Mirren has shared her excitement about playing the villain in the upcoming DC flick.
Very few esteemed actresses like Helen Mirren ever make their way onto genre film sets but when they do, the results are spectacular. The non-nonsense serious actor Helen Mirren first turned heads when she appeared in the Fast and Furious franchise as Deckard Shaw’s mother. She’s set to reprise her role for this summer’s F9 as well, proving that independent actor has a place in mainstream Hollywood productions. Mirren will soon be joining the DC Extended Universe as Hespera in the upcoming Shazam! Fury of the Gods.
When asked about her upcoming role as the villain in Shazam! Fury of the Gods in an interview with Access, Mirren shared the excitement she felt over the role, claiming that this just might be one of her first villain roles in a nearly 5-decade long career.
“I actually haven’t played a lot of villains. I think [Hespera in] Shazam might be the first one I’ve played!”
Mirren continued the interview by saying that she thinks the experience will be “very fun”, confirming that she hasn’t begun filming for the DC project as of yet. Details are slim on Shazam! Fury of the Gods but it’s expected that Helen Mirren’s Hespera will be joining up with Lucy Liu’s character to wreak some considerable havoc for the Shazam family!
Here is the official synopsis for the Shazam! movie:
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quick.
Directed by David F Sandberg, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, and Djimon Hounsou.
The film is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD. Stay tuned for all the latest news regarding Helen Mirren and Shazam! Fury of the Gods, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content!