Disney is currently hard at work on modern versions of its various classics. One of its most anticipated ones is #MaryPoppinsReturns, a sequel to the 1960s film starring Julie Andrews. In it, Emily Blunt will be carrying the magical purse as she travels to London to find Jane and Michael Banks - the children she once helped - who, as grown adults with children of their own, have suffered a personal loss.
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Rebooting or updating a classic movie can be difficult for fans. One of the most common struggles from these projects is seeing another actor take on iconic characters. And that can be especially hard for the actors involved, who have to watch someone else take on the roles they developed and made into iconic ones.
Fortunately, such a situation is not a problem plaguing Mary Poppins' next adventure. While speaking to Entertainment Tonight to promote her new Netflix show, Julie's Greenroom, #JulieAndrews revealed how she feels about her successor, and in true Andrews fashion, it was a heart-warming response:
"Emily Blunt is going to play Mary Poppins and I am a great fan. I think she is terrific and a perfect pick."
Will this excitement result in a cameo appearance by her in the new film? Well...
"I don't think I'm involved in it."
Ah, "I don't think I'm involved" brush-off, we meet again. Mary Poppins is one of #Disney's biggest hits, so the scenario of the studio leaving out its iconic, original star for the nanny's next chapter is highly unlikely. Even more so if we take into account that Dick Van Dyke is part of the project. But due to how secretive the film is, it's completely understandable that Andrews is playing coy for the time being.
As for her reaction to #EmilyBlunt's casting, Andrews' blessing is not only a relief for us diehard fans, but also for the actress who's taking on the enormous responsibility of carrying the Mary Poppins mantle for a new generation. Speaking to EW, Blunt revealed that Rob Marshall told Andrews about the casting before it was officially revealed:
“Rob said he was in the Hamptons, and he saw [Andrews], and he said, ‘It’s top secret, but Emily Blunt’s playing Mary Poppins.' And she went, ‘Oh, wonderful!'”
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According to Blunt, the positive reaction made her feel much more relaxed about tackling the film:
“I felt like I wanted to cry. It was lovely to get her stamp of approval. That took the edge off it, for sure.”
Disney so far has a pretty good track record with its modernizing efforts for its various franchises, so knowing the cogs are turning so smoothly with everyone involved in Mary Poppins Returns is definitely a great sign. Let's just hope we get another amazing adventure from it.
The film stars Emily Blunt, #LinManuelMiranda, #AngelaLansbury and #MerylStreep. If you can't wait to see what Emily Blunt has to offer as our favorite magical nanny, don't forget to check out Mary Poppins Returns once it hits theaters on December 25, 2018.
What did you think about Julie Andrews' comments regarding Emily Blunt? Are you excited to see what Blunt brings to the role? Let me know in the comments!