The Mummy star Brendan Fraser is set to play a villain in the forthcoming Batgirl movie.

The actor, 52, will appear as sociopathic pyromaniac Firefly opposite Leslie Grace in the title role.

Batgirl will focus on Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham police commissioner Jim, who will be played by JK Simmons.

The movie, set to debut on the HBO Max streaming service in 2022, will be directed by Bad Boys For Life filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.

Grace, who is best known for starring in the big screen adaptation of Lin Manuel Miranda's musical In The Heights, welcomed new co-star Fraser with a post on Instagram.

"Welcome to the squad," she wrote. "Now I have to kick your butt."

Leslie Grace welcomes Brendan Fraser to the Batgirl "squad"

Fraser starred as wisecracking adventurer Rick O’Connell in The Mummy trilogy and became a Hollywood star.

Fraser’s other upcoming roles include in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale and Martin Scorsese’s Killers Of The Flower Moon.

He can currently be seen in Steven Soderbergh's new crime thriller No Sudden Move.

Source: Press Association