Oscar winning actress Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins herself, has finally offered up her opinion on Emily Blunt picking up the umbrella as the magical nanny in Mary Poppins Returns.
The sequel in production follows Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) now grown up when Michael suffers a tragic loss resulting in Mary Poppins returning to the Banks family to help them rediscover the joy missing in their lives.
While promoting her new Netflix series Julie’s Greenroom, Andrews opened up to Entertainment tonight on how perfect of choice Blunt is for the role:
“Emily Blunt is going to play Mary Poppins and I am a great fan. I think she is terrific and a perfect pick.”
Andrews also seemed to leave the door open when she was asked whether or not she would appear in the new film telling ET, “I don’t think I’m involved in it.”
Directed by Rob Marshall(Chicago), the film stars Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters with Meryl Streep and Dick Van Dyke. Here’s the official synopsis:
Mary Poppins Returns is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Meryl Streep).
Mary Poppins Returns hits theaters December 25, 2018.