Dame Helen Mirren to star as a villain in Shazam! sequel

She will play Hespera, the daughter of Atlas.

Dame Helen Mirren will star as a villain in superhero sequel Shazam!, it has been announced.

The Oscar-winning actress, 75, will star as Hespera, the daughter of Atlas, in Shazam! Fury Of The Gods.

Dame Helen Mirren
Dame Helen Mirren will play a villain in the forthcoming Shazam! sequel (Isabel Infantes/PA)

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

The Warner Bros film, part of the DC Comics extended universe, is a sequel to 2019’s Shazam!

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.

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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