If you’re a 16-year-old actress just starting out in Hollywood, there’s hardly a better way to launch a career than by first working with Steven Spielberg, followed by a major superhero movie. For Rachel Zegler that’s exactly what is happening. She was chosen from a field of thousands to star in Spielberg’s West Side Story film, and now Zegler has landed a key role in Shazam: Fury of the Gods.
THR reports Zegler has been cast in the Shazam sequel, taking a “key role” opposite stars Asher Angel, Zachary Levi, and Jack Dylan Grazer. Given her youth, we can probably assume she’s a friend or love interest to Billy Batson, or perhaps even a rival? I’d love to see her play someone like Chain Lightning, who is roughly the same age as the other kids, has powers that can seriously jack Shazam up, and suffers from multiple personality disorder.
Zegler is definitely a star on the rise. While we haven’t really seen her on the big screen yet, we know she could do a bang-up Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez if an AOC movie ever gets made.
— rachel zegler (she/her/hers) (@rachelzegler) October 31, 2019
Shazam: Fury of the Gods opens June 2nd 2023.