“Practically perfect in every way.”
Early last year, it was announced that Emily Blunt had been cast as the titular character in Disney’s upcoming Mary Poppins Returns.
I know, I know. I was skeptical at first, too. Not of Emily's talent, but just of a new Mary Poppins film, in general.
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Because let’s be honest, who could ever replace this queen?
But Julie actually told Entertainment Tonight she thought that “[Emily] was terrific and the perfect pick.” In fact, according to an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Rob Marshall said that Andrews even turned down a cameo role in the new movie in support of Emily.
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This is Emily’s show, and I really want it to be Emily’s show. I don’t want it to be, “Oh, here comes that Mary Poppins.” I don’t want that. I really want her to take this and run with it, because she will be brilliant.
And — despite looking pretty phenomenal in costume — Blunt, herself, knows that she has big shoes to fill.
Today at the D23 Expo, Blunt said, “No one is ever going to out-Julie Julie Andrews. She’s just unbelievable. There will never be anyone else like her. So I just had to do my version of her and I think we were very loyal to the books.”
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