On December, Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment return to their DC Extended Universe superhero franchise after last year’s epic team movie “Justice League”. This time, it returns to focusing on a solo primary hero as Jason Momoa reprises his role as the super-strong guy who can talk to fish in “Aquaman”. The film delves into the titular hero’s origin as a human-Atlantean half-breed who could potentially unite the underwater inhabitants of Atlantis and the surface-world humans. Momoa is back by a formidable cast himself, but there is also one legendary actress in play here, personally unseen but heard clearly.
Entertainment Weekly has it that Warner-DC has revealed the involvement of veteran actress Julie Andrews in “Aquaman”, coming out next month. Her role is to provide the voice for Karathen, a mysterious deep-sea creature who may be the key that Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa) needs to convince the Atlanteans and surface-worlders to work together against the planned conquest by his half-brother Orm the Ocean Master (Patrick Wilson). The film’s producer Peter Safran explains the casting of Andrews for a superhero flick. “We wanted the Karathen to have the voice of a classic British actress, albeit somewhat digitally altered,” Safran says. “And when we found out Julie was interested and available and excited to do it, casting her was a no-brainer.”
Julie Andrews is easily considered one of the royalty figures of the global motion pictures industry, easily remembered because of her role as Maria von Trapp in “The Sound of Music”. Despite losing her distinctive singing voice following a botched operation in 1997, she continued appearing in films in the 2000s such as “The Princess Diaries” and going into voice work such as for the “Shrek” sequels and Universal Pictures’ “Despicable Me 3”. Though she has not been in a major movie for around the past 10 years, she did appear on Netflix in the preschool educational show “Julie’s Greenroom”.
The timing of Andrews’ reveal as part of the “Aquaman” cast is also notable, considering that the DCEU movie is premiering in the same part of December as Disney’s distant sequel “Mary Poppins Returns”, starring Emily Blunt in the role of the titular nanny that was originated by Andrews herself in the 1964 original. Andrews already said she would not appear in the sequel in any role (unlike her costar Dick Van Dyke) in order not to draw too much attention from Blunt. But Peter Safran cheekily notes, “Who knew that Aquaman would have the real Mary Poppins this Christmas?”
“Aquaman” premieres December 21 in theaters, but will also have an advance screening for Amazon Prime members on December 15.
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