If Julie Andrews likes it then it must be good!
The A-list actress starred in the 1964 film Mary Poppins and even though she wasn't cast in the upcoming reboot, she's still really excited about it!
"It's 55 years since that Mary Poppins was made. This Mary Poppins is going to star Emily Blunt, and I'm a huge fan," she told Hoda Kotb during the Today Show on Thursday, June 29. "It's a totally different story. You know, Disney had all the other Mary Poppins stories in its archives. So, why not use them up and make another one?"
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Emily and Julie. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
However, Julie doesn't see herself making a cameo in the upcoming film. When asked if she'd be interested, she replied, "No, it's [Emily's] movie. It's not a recreation of the movie by any means. It is about the same character and other aspects that she did in her life."
Contrary to Julie, her Mary Poppins co-star Dick Van Dyke is thrilled to be a part of the remake! The 91-year-old actor is set to star in Mary Poppins Returns — and he's already given Emily's role in the film his big stamp of approval as well!
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"I just got back from London, filming a cameo in the sequel for the new Mary Poppins. People say sequels don’t work, but the people behind it have their hearts in the right place. They insist it is not a sequel, it is an homage. Emily Blunt is a quite good Mary Poppins; she sings well," Dick told Page Six in a recent interview.
"And they had re-created the original set of Cherry Tree Lane just perfectly that brought back a lot of memories. I was the only original member of the cast who is in it," he added. "It’s like bookends for me. And Lin-Manuel [Miranda], who plays the lamplighter, dances very well, I was impressed."
Julie and Dick in Mary Poppins. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Back in the early 60s, Dick portrayed the old banker alongside Julie as Mary Poppins in the original film. In the revival, he will still appear in the scene with the old banker, but in a different role.
"This time I play his son, who is not a nice guy. I got to jump up on a desk and do a song-and-dance number, and I thoroughly enjoyed it," he admitted.
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And now, more than 50 years later, Dick credits the fact that filming has gotten a lot easier! "You used to have to do a number of takes, but now they use four or five cameras and they get all the angles in one take, which at my age is certainly an advantage," he confessed.
We can't wait to see Dick, Emily, hopefully Julie, and the rest of the crew in action!
Click through the gallery below to see the original cast of Mary Poppins then and now!
Julie, 81, was just 30-years-old when she landed the role of magical nanny Mary Poppins and later won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance. She has since starred in many other films — including The Sound of Music, The Princess Diaries, Despicable Me and Shrek Forever After — and was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
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