Veteran British actress Helen Mirren, 75, will take on the role of villain Hespera in Shazam! Fury Of The Gods, the sequel to the 2019 box-office hit.

Shazam! was based on DC Comics character Billy Batson, who transforms from a teenager into an adult superhero upon reciting the word “shazam”.

Lead actor Zachary Levi will return in the sequel, as will most of the rest of the original cast as well as director David F. Sandberg. The movie is set to be released in June 2023.

While not much is known about Hespera, as the character does not appear in the comics, Mirren is no stranger to action roles.

The Oscar-winning actress of The Queen (2006) played an assassin in Red (2010) and Red 2 (2013), as well as a criminal mastermind in the Fast & Furious movie franchise.

She will next be seen in the series’ upcoming instalment F9, which will be out in June, reprising her role as Queenie.

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