Fans got their first look at Shazam! Fury of the Gods last month when a behind-the-scenes sizzle reel for the film debuted during the DC FanDome virtual convention. That footage provided an epic look at the film’s scope, but also raised some questions in the process — including the roles of some of the film’s new cast members.
Among them is West Side Story‘s Rachel Zegler, who appears to be playing a classmate and potential love interest of Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer). New comments from fellow cast member Helen Mirren, however, could hint at a larger significance to Zegler’s role, with the actress accidentally letting it slip in an interview with The Associated Press that Zegler is one of “three goddesses” alongside herself and Lucy Liu.
“I’m not going to tell you the answer to that,” Mirren explained. “You’re going to have to ascertain for yourself. I’m a member of three goddesses: Lucy Liu as Kalypso and the third goddess played by Rachel Zegler, who will be a huge star in a very short space of time. So there are three of us together, and that was really a great experience because it’s so infrequent that you get to spend a whole of a movie with two other women. So often you’re the only woman in the cast. Here we were a trio, and that was great. I loved it.”
This matches with rumors that had swirled around Fury of the Gods in 2020, with casting descriptions hinting at a trio of “sisters” of varying ages being the film’s villains. Among them was a role looking for an actress to play a seventeen-year-old in the film, which Zegler (who is currently twenty) fits the bill of.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods is set to be released on June 2, 2023.