While Dick Van Dyke has a singing and dancing cameo in the upcoming sequel “Mary Poppins Returns,” the film notably does not include Oscar winner Julie Andrews.
Andrews famously played the title role in the original 1964 family classic, while Emily Blunt takes on the part in the new film. Director Rob Marshall tried his hardest to get Andrews involved in a cameo in the new film, but she deferred out of respect for Blunt telling him: “this is Emily’s show and I want her to run with this. She should run with this. This is hers. I don’t want to be on top of that”.
Blunt echoed those comments while speaking to Variety:
“She was very hands-off with the whole thing. There was a discussion about, you know, that maybe she would come and do a bit in the movie and she was so generous actually. She said to Rob, ‘Do you know what this is? This is Emily’s version of her and I don’t want it to be that she’s playing Mary Poppins the whole way through but then I come in and there’s like oh, but there’s the real Mary Poppins, you know?'”
Marshall said he and his writers never pitched the actress on a specific role, though she was rumored to be considered for the balloon lady which Angela Lansbury ultimately plays in the film. “Mary Poppins Returns” opens December 19th and is projected to take in a $70 million haul over its first week of release.