Emily Blunt gets Julie Andrews' blessing to play Mary Poppins

Carla Harmon
August 30, 2016

Tough love might just be needed when Mary meets the grown up Banks' siblings and their own children, and needs help from Lin-Miranda Manuel's lamplighter and Streep's cousin Topsy to get them through "a personal loss".

While obviously confident in her ability, Emily Blunt has now admitted to Entertainment Weekly that she was a little wary of taking on the role because she's "so emblematic of people's nostalgia".

"I felt like I wanted to cry", she continued. Director Rob Marshall is taking on the project and ran into Andrews herself in the Hamptons recently where he told her that Blunt was ascending to the role.

The reboot, which is slated for 2018, will offer a distinct look at the famous nanny that is reportedly a bit truer to the Mary Poppins of the eponymous book series written by P. L. Travers.

A mere 52 years on from the original film's release, Julie's role as the practically flawless nanny remains one of her most famous, and best-loved. "It's such an important character in people's childhood".

Blunt has been open about having some trepidation about stepping into the screen legend's shoes for "Mary Poppins Returns" but she was given a big boost when the movie's director Rob Marshall told her that Andrews, 80, was delighted with her casting. "That took the edge off it, for sure".

While Blunt played a supporting part in doing justice to Stephen Sondheim's musical, she will soon have the leading burden of doing justice to Julie Andrews' legendary Mary Poppins from 1964.

'We're delving into the books a lot more, which is a different version of the character, I'll say that much, ' Emily revealed, before adding: 'She's a little meaner, yeah'.

And her next major role will be a big departure from The Girl on the Train: She's stepping into Julie Andrews' iconic shoes as Mary Poppins in Rob Marshall's Mary Poppins Returns, now slated for a December 2018 release.

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