'Mary Poppins Returns': Will Julie Andrews Star with Emily Blunt?
Emily Blunt has officially replaced Julie Andrews as the magical nanny Mary Poppins in the upcoming sequel to the 1964 classic, and ever since the Disney project was announced, there’s been one burning question on everyone’s mind; Will Andrews make a cameo appearance?
The film, titled “Mary Poppins Returns,” is scheduled for release on Dec. 25 2018. Blunt stars alongside Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw, who will play the grown up versions of Jane and Michael Banks respectively. Michael has three children of his own, who will be played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson.
“Hamilton’s Lin Manuel Miranda is playing the role of a lamp lighter named Jack while Meryl Streep portrays the character of Mary's cousin, Topsy, according to Digital Spy. The film also stars Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Julie Walters and Dick Van Dyke, who played the always-chipper chimney sweep Bert in the original, will also be making an appearance as a greedy banker.
With Dyke set to return for the follow-up, fans have voiced their desire to see Andrews also making a brief appearance in the sequel. Andrews’ rep previously told E! News that there have been “no discussions” with Disney regarding her return to the musical franchise, but that was in October last year and a lot can change in seven months.
Even though Andrews is not a part of “Mary Poppins Returns,” she has given her seal of approval to Blunt to replace her as the titular nanny.
“Emily Blunt is going to play Mary Poppins and I am a great fan,” Andrews told Entertainment Tonight. “I think she is terrific and a perfect pick!”
The sequel, directed by Rob Marshall, will be set 25 years after the original and will follow Poppins (Blunt) as she returns to inject Michael’s family with joy and happiness after he suffers a personal loss.
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