Emily Blunt knows she’s got some big shoes to fill when she takes on the iconic role of Mary Poppins in Disney’s upcoming sequel, but the actress can rest easy knowing a very important person totally approves of her casting!
According to Blunt, it was Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall who ended up running into Andrews and telling the iconic actress that Blunt would be the next to carry the mantle.
“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!’” explained Blunt.
Blunt is well aware that for many, Julie Andrews is, and will always be Mary Poppins. The beloved actress took on the role in Disney’s original musical in 1964, and has since been a huge part of many people’s childhoods. Because of that, getting Andrews’ blessing was a big deal for the star of The Girl On The Train.
“I felt like I wanted to cry,” revealed Blunt. “It was lovely to get her stamp of approval. That took the edge off it, for sure.”
We’re definitely exited to see how Emily Blunt puts her own spin on Mary Poppins when the film hits theaters!
Mary Poppins Returns is expected to premiere in December 2018.