In perhaps the strangest of coincidences, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ and ‘Aquaman’ are opening in the same week, and the original Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews, has a role in ‘Aquaman!’ Andrews is using her vocal chops to voice the role of Karathen, an undersea creature that holds the secrets for Arthur Curry as he fights to unite the undersea and surface worlds.
EW was the first to let the cat out of the bag, and ‘Aquaman’ director James Wan took to Twitter to express the true power behind the iconic voice of Andrews. Check out the exchange below!
The most powerful creature on Earth is a dame. https://t.co/7K3K32i0nv
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) November 24, 2018
‘Aquaman’ producer Peter Safran explained that casting Andrews was an obvious choice, saying:
“We wanted the Karathen to have the voice of a classic British actress, albeit somewhat digitally altered. And when we found out Julie was interested and available and excited to do it, casting her was a no-brainer.”
With the sequel to ‘Mary Poppins’ coming to theaters soon, and now with Andrews appearing in ‘Aquaman,’ fans are left wondering why the national treasure decided to sit out of ‘Mary Poppins Returns.’ It was earlier reported that Andrews declined to appear in the sequel in order to let Emily Blunt shine in the role. Though she has offered her support of the project.
Directed by Wan, ‘Aquaman’ features Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Ludi Lin as Captain Murk, and Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, ‘Aquaman,’ starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.
‘Aquaman’ swims into theaters on December 21.