Rachel Zegler Joined DC In Shazam 2 For Hilarious Reason That Everyone Can Relate To

Rachel Zegler says she joined the DC Cinematic Universe in Shazam 2 because she just needed a job.

By Chad Langen | Updated

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Despite developing some wonderful friendships and having an absolute blast while filming Shazam: Fury of the Gods, Rachel Zegler only accepted a role in the film because she was desperate for work. In a red carpet interview with The Hollywood Reports, the 21-year-old actress said she signed on to play one of the Daughters of Atlas, Anthea, in the forthcoming DC sequel merely because she was struggling to find work in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. “I needed a job,” she told the outlet.

Just like everybody else, celebrities have bills to pay, which is something that clearly isn’t lost on Rachel Zegler. She said she was unable to land any acting roles due to the coronavirus pandemic, and she was absolutely ecstatic when she chose to take on the role of Anthea in Fury of the Gods. After explaining how blessed she was to have nabbed a role in the forthcoming sequel, Zegler said, “I just absolutely adore this movie.”

Shazam: Fury of the Gods is the hotly anticipated follow-up to the 2019 film Shazam. The story follows teenager Billy Batson (Asher Angel) and his fellow foster kids, who are bestowed with the powers of the gods and still learning how to juggle teenage life with their adult superhero alter egos.

When a vengeful trio of ancient gods arrives on Earth in search of the magic stolen from them long ago, Shazam (Zachary Levi) and his allies get thrust into a battle for their superpowers, their lives, and the fate of the world.

David F. Sandberg returns to direct the sequel from a script by Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan. Alongside Rachel Zegler’s Anthea, the film’s other two antagonists, Hespera and Kalypso, are played by Helen Mirren and Lucy Lui, respectively. The rest of the cast is comprised of Adam Brody, Meagan Good, Jack Dylan Grazer, Marta Milans, Djimon Hounsou, Diedrich Bader, Ross Butler, D.J. Cotrona, and Cooper Andrews.

Prior to her role in Fury of the Gods, Rachel Zegler made her first onscreen appearance in a 2021 episode of The George Lucas Talk Show. The same year, she scored a breakout role in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the 1957 musical West Side Story. The acclaimed picture nabbed multiple Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Production Design, Best Sound, Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography, and Best Directing.

Up next, Rachel Zegler will portray Lucy Gray Baird in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. The film, which is a prequel to the original trilogy starring Jennifer Lawrence, centers on Coriolanus Snow, who mentors and develops feelings for the female District-12 tribute during the 10th annual Hunger Games. Hunter Shafer, Peter Dinklage, Viola Davis, Burn Gorman, Tom Blyth, and Zoe Renee also star in the movie, which is being directed by Francis Lawrence.

Further out, Rachel Zegler will play the titular character in Snow White. The forthcoming feature is a live-action adaptation of the 1937 Disney animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Gal Gadot has been cast opposite Zegler as the Evil Queen in the Marc Webb-directed film.

While Rachel Zegler may have fallen on hard times during the Covid-19 pandemic, things seem to be looking up for the rising star. In addition to her prominent roles in high-profile features like Snow White and The Hunger Games: The Ballad of the Songbirds and Snakes, the young actress will also star opposite of Nicole Kidman in the upcoming Spellbound remake. The film tells the story of Elian, a teenager who comes of age using her magical powers to defend her family when opposing forces of light and darkness threaten to divide her kingdom.