Mark Strong will not be returning as Doctor Sivana, but he is “very happy to make way for Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu”
Shazam! Fury of the gods is about to begin production, and many fans are wondering if Mark Strong would return as Doctor Sivana, especially after the end credits scene of the first film teased a future for his character and Mr. Mind. Recently, ComicBook.com had the chance to chat with Strong about his upcoming movie, Cruella, and we asked about his DCEU projects. Unfortunately, Strong has confirmed that he will not be in Shazam! Fury of the gods, but he expressed his enthusiasm for Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu, who will join the Shazam! sequel as villainous Hespera and his sister, Kalypso, respectively.
“You’re not going to see me in the sequel. Well, I’m finally allowed to say it. I must have been biting my tongue for so long, but I think they’re about to start filming in Atlanta. . and I’m very happy to make way for Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu, who I think are going to do some fantastic villains. I mean, judging by the performances of Emma Thompson and Emma Stone in Cruella, it’s time for the female villains, I think, “Strong shared.” Well you know maybe it was left unfinished with Mister Mind and we’ll be back later, who knows. “
Strong also told us about the first Shazam! and why it’s such a great family movie.
“I think it’s so much fun,” began Strong. “You know my boys absolutely loved this movie and all of their buddies thought it was awesome. And it has, you know, Zach [Levi] has such an irrepressible meaning about it that it’s just very watchable. And all the boys were, the whole family, you know, they were amazing. So he has these cozy, family values. There is good over evil. It has everything you would expect from this kind of movie. In fact, the only one I can think of that I would say is in the same league is the one you mentioned earlier, namely Stardust, which is a fantastic movie. “
While we won’t see Strong in Shazam! Fury of the gods, we can at least rejoice in his role as John the Valet in Cruella. The film will star Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser, Joel Fry, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Emily Beecham. The film is directed by Me, TonyaCraig Gillespie, with a screenplay by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara. The original One hundred and one Dalmatians novel was written by Dodie Smith.
You can watch our full interview with Strong at the top of the page.
Cruella hits theaters and on Disney + Premier Access on May 28.