Before landing a star role in Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Rachel Zegler had a read for Supergirl in The Flash.
Zegler told /Film,
“I read for Rich [Delia], our casting director, and he originally had come to me with Supergirl for Flash, and I was not right for it. He was like, ‘You know what, I’ve got a character in mind for you for Shazam. They’re looking at X, Y, Z. We would love it if you came in and read.'”
An actress named Sasha Calle ended up getting the role for the superhero series. The Flash debuts on June 16, 2023.
Although she declined the foreseeable opportunity, Zegler will still have a chance to be in the DC Universe thanks to her co-star Jack Dylan Grazer.
“So I read on Zoom. Obviously, the era of Zoom is isolation, pandemic era. Then I went back in, and I read for David Sandberg, and then for the last time, I had a chemistry read with Jack Dylan Grazer. The story goes that Jack picked me. Peter Safran, our producer, turned to him and asked, ‘Which one did you like the best, Jack?’ He said, ‘Well, she’s Maria in West Side Story, so we got to have her.’ Because Jack is a very big West Side Story fan. Jack loves West Side Story. So I have him to thank.”
Shazam! Fury of the Gods stars Asher Angel, Zachary Levi, Jack Dylan Grazer, Adam Brod, Faithe Herman, Meagan Good, Ian Chen, Ross Bulter, Grace Fulton, Jovan Arman, D.J. Cotrona, Marta Milans, Cooper Andrews, and Djimon Hounsou.