She is set to take the role of Hespera in Shazam! Fury of the Gods.
And on Monday, Helen Mirren was seen on-set for the first time as she chatted to co-star Zachary Levi while donning a racy breastplate to take on the character.
The British Oscar winner, 75, and Zachary, 40, who plays the title role in the DC Comics superhero sequel, were engrossed in chat just hours after new photos of the cast in costume were posted by the film’s director David F. Sandberg.
Comic book role: Helen Mirren is seen for the first time as villain Hespera in photos taken on the set of Shazam! Fury of the Gods in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday
Helen’s costume was reminiscent of a Roman gladiator outfit with leather tunic and body armour layered beneath the figure-enhancing top.
She carried a sword attached to her waist with a leather belt and had metallic epaulettes and headgear.
The actress wore a long grey wig curled into a single ringlet that fell down her front over her shoulder and sitting beneath the complementary headdress.
It seems the photos were taken during a break in filming as Helen and Zachary looked to be hanging out by craft services.
Striking: The British Oscar winner, 75, and Zachary, 40, who plays the title role in the DC Comics superhero sequel, were engrossed in chat just hours after new photos of the cast in costume were posted by the film’s director David F. Sandberg
At one point, they were seen sitting opposite each other at a picnic table with food in front of them.
Crew members around the pair were wearing face masks in keeping with on set COVID-19 protocols. Production on Shazam! Fury of the Gods only recently got underway in Atlanta, Georgia.
And Helen’s villain has had some comic book fans scratching their heads as Hespera is not included in the DC Comics canon.
Role: Her costume was reminiscent of a Roman gladiator outfit with leather tunic and body armor. She wore a long gray wig curled into a single ringlet that fell over her shoulder
According to Comicbook.com, Hepsera, who has been described as ‘a daughter of Atlas, is an original creation by screenwriter Henry Gayden.
Gayden penned the screenplay for the original movie released in 2019 and reunited with director Sandberg for the follow-up.
In addition to Helen, Lucy Liu is also appearing the sequel, playing another villain Kalypso, who is the sister of Helen’s character.
He’s back: Levi, 40, originated the role of DC Comics’ character Shazam in the original 2019 movie. He is reuniting with director David F. Sandberg for the sequel set for a 2023 release
Sandberg posted his cast photos on Twitter Monday morning, explaining: ‘Don’t know how long we can keep the new suits from leaking so here’s a pic I took the other day.’
The first Shazam! followed 14-year-old Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who is chosen by a wizard to become an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) by simply saying the word Shazam.
Sandberg’s group photo showed Levi with fellow castmembers Adam Brody, Meagan Good, Ross Butler, Grace Fulton and DJ Cotrona who play Billy’s friends in their adult superhero form.
Revealed: Sandberg posted the first cast photos on Twitter Monday, showing Levi in costume with supporting actors Adam Brody, Meagan Good, Ross Butler, Grace Fulton and DJ Cotrona
Angel will return for the sequel as well, along with the other stars playing the younger counterparts, Jack Dylan Grazer (Freddy Freeman).
Faithe Herman (Dara Dudley), Ian Chen (Eugene Choi), and Jovan Armand (Pedro Pena), with Sandberg confirming Fulton is playing both versions of Mary Bromfield.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods has been scheduled for a June 2, 2023 release date.
Backstory: The first Shazam! followed 14-year-old Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who is chosen by a wizard to become an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) by simply saying the word Shazam