Rachel Zegler has a very relatable reason for taking on the role in Shazam!

When it comes to her decision to star Shazam! fury of the godsRachel Zegler has a very relatable reason.

I needed a job”, confessed the 21-year-old actress. the hollywood reporter when asked about his decision to join the DC universe. “I’m being so serious.”

Zegler, who plays Athena, one of the three daughter goddesses of the Titan Atlas in the film, explained: “The reality was that we were in the middle of the pandemic and I wasn’t working. I couldn’t get a job for the life of me because West Side Story hadn’t come out yet. It was really hard to book work for me so I was really excited when this hit my inbox.”

Of her experience making the film, Zegler said, “I loved the first film, and the fact that they even wanted me to call back and then a camera read and everything else, I’m very lucky to have this job. I did a few one of my best friends in this job. I love this movie too, so I’m excited.”

On Friday, the highly anticipated follow-up arrives four years after its predecessor’s theatrical release in April 2019.

Zachary Levi returns as the titular superhero alongside Asher Angel, who reprises his role as Shazam’s teenage alter ego Billy Batson. Familiar faces from the franchise also appear in the second installment of the film, plus several newcomers like Zegler.

New cast members recruited to join the sequel include Helen Mirren as Hespera, the daughter of Atlas, alongside Lucy Liu, who plays her demigod sister, Kalypso. They are the main villains of Shazamthe second installment of

Zegler’s character is his sister.

In July, he told Mirren that his character “it was fun” play.

“She’s so wonderfully complex, and working with Helen and Lucy was amazing,” Zegler said in a video interview during Comic Con. “I miss you ladies! We need to get the goddesses back together to catch up soon! ”

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Shazam! fury of the gods serves as a sequel to Shazam! released in 2019. The film continues the story of Billy Batson who, by reciting the magic word “SHAZAM!” — He is struck by the Living Lightning of the Gods and transformed into his adult superhero alter ego.

“Levi returns as the child-hearted superhero bestowed with the powers of six gods: the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury. according to Deadline. “While Shazam is a formidable champion, Billy is still just a fun-loving kid trying to navigate high school while learning how to use his powers.”

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Billy “and his family find themselves embroiled in a battle for their superpowers, their lives, and the fate of their world” in the film, according to an official synopsis for the film on the DC website.