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Shazam! Fury of the Gods star Helen Mirren reveals why she cast Zachary Levi


Shazam! Fury of the Gods is set to hit theaters on Friday, March 17th. The 2019 sequel to Shazam will see the return of Zachary Levi as Shazam, the irreverent, yet loyal young man-turned-superhero who must harness his extraordinary superhuman powers with “Shazamily” to take on the Daughters of Atlas.

Superheroes and Greek gods are a great fit in Shazam 2, Zachary Levi says

According to Levy, the unique blend of superheroes and Greek gods was “a perfect fit”. The actor said, “Greek mythology is found in a lot of DC DNA, so I thought that was a great idea and again, when they were pitching the idea to me, I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah! Explaining his point further, he added that Shazam has “so much Greek god and demigod and titan blood,” that it made sense that this would be the world they would be playing in at some point.

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Helen Mirren on why she chose to make Shazam! Wrath of the Gods

The trio of Greek goddesses – Hespera, Calypso, and Anthea – are played by Hollywood veterans Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu, and Rachel Ziegler, respectively.

Mirren explained that the reason she loved the first Shazam movie and why she chose to appear in the sequel was the idea of ​​the outcasts. She said, “The kids who get bullied and teased—the ones who become superheroes, who can fly, who can do cool things and try to make the planet a better place.” “It’s a reflection of our fantasies at that age, and combining that with mythology seems like a lot of fun.” Mirren added that sometimes we forget that for thousands of years, people have believed that these gods and goddesses control their lives. She said that even though people call her a “myth” today, they believe in these things.

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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.