Julie Andrews Joins The DC Universe, Nabs A Pivotal Role In 'Aquaman'
Mary Poppins is going aquatic.
Today in "What?! Say that again?" news, Julie Andrews is the newest member of the ever-expanding DC Universe. You read that right. The Oscar-winning, magic umbrella-wielding Hollywood Walk of Fame star recipient has taken on an exciting challenge: a voice role in the upcoming DC film, Aquaman.
Entertainment Weekly confirms the Hollywood royal lent her voice to an integral character in the film: an aquatic creature named Karathen, who holds the key to uniting Atlantis with the surface world.
Andrews's participation in the film is surprising. The actress has only made a handful of appearances in film and television over the last few years. It's possible DC cast her so the studio could rake in a broader audience, as the superhero epic is set to go head-to-head with Mary Poppins Returns, the film Andrews popularized back in the '60s.
"We wanted the Karathen to have the voice of a classic British actress, albeit somewhat digitally altered," Aquaman producer Peter Safran told EW. "And when we found out Julie was interested and available and excited to do it, casting her was a no-brainer."
The Sound of Music actress skipped a cameo in the Mary Poppins sequel for fear she'd rain on Emily Blunt's parade, but some fans have pointed out she's basically playing an undersea Mary Poppins in Aquaman.
Aside from Andrews, Aquaman will star Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Willem Dafoe. Aquaman is predicted to dethrone Wonder Woman as the "best" DCEU movie, but you know, don't hold your breath.
"I would probably say that it's certainly going to be their most well-received movie yet," Reddit user MaxBorne wrote. "Its tone closely parallels Ant-Man and The Wasp and Thor: Ragnarok and this movie will be liked by the biggest audience, although it will probably suffer from some criticism that it deviates heavily from the original tone of the DCEU to more closely resemble The MCU."
Twitter user MOVIESTVMAD even claimed it's "Star Wars underwater."
"Considering what happened with justice league it's a major turn around for this franchise," they wrote. "It has a mixture of levity and depth this truly is Star wars under water."
Aquaman dives into theaters December 21. If you're an Amazon Prime member, you can enjoy the movie a week before everyone else.
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