As Mary Poppins fans gear up for the Emily Blunt starring sequel Mary Poppins Returns, some may be wondering why the film does not include a cameo by original actress Julie Andrews, especially considering co-star Dick Van Dyke pops up.
Now Emily Blunt has spoken about why her predecessor didn’t make a comeback of any kind in the new installment.
When talking to Variety, Blunt revealed that Andrews was "very hands-off".
"There was discussion about, you know, that maybe she would come and do a bit in the movie and she was so generous actually," she said.
"She said to Rob [Marshall, the director], ‘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?’"
So it looks like Andrews kindly wanted Emily to have her moment to shine.
Producer Marc Platt added that Andrews wasn’t ever really on the cards for a role.
"She’s a friend of Rob’s and a friend of ours and a big fan of Emily Blunt and has been lovely since day one about how this is Emily’s turn and how happy she is for her…And it’s Emily’s turn," he said.
Reviews have already praised Blunt for her portayal. We can’t wait to see how she does!
The film also stars Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep and Angela Lansbury.
Mary Poppins Returns is released on December 21 in UK cinemas.
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