Emily Blunt Talks Her “Mary Poppins” Casting

As we know Emily Blunt has been cast as the new Mary Poppins in Disney’s upcoming sequel “Mary Poppins Returns”. But has the new Mary met the old one yet since the news hit? No, but speaking with EW recently, Blunt says that the film’s director Rob Marshall was the one to break the news of Blunt’s casting to Julie Andrews. The reaction was everything she could have hoped for:

“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!’. I felt like I wanted to cry. It was lovely to get her stamp of approval. That took the edge off it, for sure.”

There have been rumors that Andrews and her original co-star Dick Van Dyke will appear in the sequel, but that hasn’t been confirmed at this point. Blunt also spoke with the outlet about the daunting task of taking on such an iconic role:

“I enjoy the challenge to be versatile… [but] I want to find the silliness again. I feel a little more trepidation with this [character] because she’s so emblematic of people’s nostalgia,. It’s such an important character in people’s childhood.”

Though being sold as a sequel to the 1964 classic, Blunt confirms the new film will be much closer to what P.L. Travers’ envisioned in her original book series: “We’re delving into the books a lot more, which is a different version of the character, I’ll say that much. She’s a little meaner, yeah.”

“Mary Poppins 2” begins shooting later this year ahead of a Christmas 2018 release.