Before her film debut as Maria Vasquez in Steven Spielberg’s remake West Side Storyit was announced that Rachel Zegler would star in Shazam! Fury of the gods. However, we still don’t know who she’s playing in the 2019 sequel. Shazam!, which director David F. Sandberg decided to have some fun with earlier today. the Fury of the gods The filmmaker shared some fake casting news that briefly got us going, and Zegler had a wonderful response to that.
On his Twitter page, David F. Sandberg shared a video of himself voting in a fan poll speculating about Rachel Zegler’s role in Shazam! Fury of the gods, with the options including Wonder Girl, Hawkgirl, Tawky Tawny and “some random”. Sandberg watched a totally real script for Fury of the gods, then returned to the polls to vote for Tawky Tawny, the anthropomorphic tiger who has been part of Shazam lore for decades. See for yourself!
While at first glance it might seem like David F. Sandberg was dropping some information about the main characters, on closer inspection of the script page, that doesn’t seem like the real deal. Having a Tawky Tawny played by Rachel Zegler in human form promoting Kellog’s cereal, only for Jack Dylan Grazer’s Freddy Freeman to counter that they live in a General Mills house, reads like too ridiculous, which says long for a movie featuring teenagers who can transform into superheroes by saying a literally magic word. There’s also the fact that in addition to commenting “AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA”, Zegler also said this to Sandberg:
So as of now, we still don’t know how Rachel Zegler fits into the Shazam! Fury of the gods‘ picture. The only clue we have to work with is that she will be a daughter of Atlas, one of the legendary figures from whom Billy Batson and the other members of the Shazam family derive their special abilities. That said, it remains to be seen if Zegler’s character will cause trouble with her sisters, Helen Mirren’s Hespera and Lucy Liu’s Kalypso, or if she’ll be a force for good. Either way, don’t expect her to turn into a walking, talking tiger.
Although the Shazam! The mid-credits scene set the stage for Mark Strong’s Dr. Sivana to team up with the super-intelligent caterpillar called Mister Mind, Strong informed CinemaBlend that he won’t be appearing in Shazam! Fury of the gods. Instead, two of Atlas’ daughters will be our main antagonists. Beyond that, specific story details for Fury of the gods are kept under lock and key. That said, another way the sequel will set itself apart from its predecessor is that Grace Fulton is playing both the human and superhero forms of Mary Bromfield, as opposed to Michelle Borth returning to play the latter.
Initially scheduled for July 2, 2023, Shazam! Fury of the gods has now been moved to December 16 of this year as part of DC Films’ latest lineup shakeup. Take a look at the next line of DC movies to see what’s on the horizon in this corner of the superhero movie market.