Julie Andrews takes up major role in 'Aquaman'
Julie Andrews, the legendary British actor who won an Oscar for her iconic role in Mary Poppins, is returning to films after almost a decade. Having last appeared in 2010 in Tooth Fairy, the family comedy co-starring Dwayne Johnson, her involvement over years has been limited to lending her voice in films like Shrek, Despicable Me. But this Christmas, she would appear in Aquaman.
Aquaman is scheduled to hit theaters on December 21. Directed by James Wan, starring Jason Momoa as the protagonist, the film has a stellar cast including Patrick Wilson in the antagonist's role and fantastic supporting actors like Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, and Nicole Kidman. The movie follows the story of Arthur Curry coming to terms with his destiny as Aquaman, the hero of Atlantis.
Andrews will be playing a pivotal role in the upcoming DC superhero movie. The Sound of Music actress will be lending her voice as the mythical Karathen, a legendary sea creature, who will assist Aquaman in brokering peace between Atlantis and land dwellers. Notably, Orm, played by Wilson tries to wage war against land dwellers, so Karathen's role becomes key to a happy ending.
Aquaman producer Peter Safran said that the timing was really perfect because they were looking for a classic British actress' voice, somewhat digitally altered, to be given to the character of Karathen. Naturally, when the legendary actress made herself available and expressed her interest to be part of the movie, it was a no-brainer for the filmmakers to cast her in the role.
Ironically Andrews is joining Aquaman instead of Mary Poppins Returns, a new take on the 1964 Disney classic that shot her to fame. The new film releases on December 23, where Dick Van Dyke reprises his original role and Emily Blunt plays Mary Poppins.