Any time a movie is expected to make money, you can pretty much guarantee that there will be talks of a sequel. It doesn’t matter what movie it is. It can even be Mary Poppins Returns. And, lucky for us, that film’s star is already ready for part two.
Emily Blunt sat down with Anthony Mason for CBS Sunday Morning on Sunday, Dec. 16 to talk about taking on the role of Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins Returns, which is set to be released on Wednesday, Dec. 19. The 35-year-old actress described Mary as a “superhero,” and since most superhero movies have sequels, Emily said she’s all for playing the character a second time. “Yes. I want to be her again. I like being her,” Emily said, adding that Mary is “completely bizarre and unknowable.”
Emily also revealed that she hasn’t seen the original 1964 classic starring Julie Andrews in the iconic Mary role since she was kid. And, sadly, we shouldn’t expect to see Julie make a cameo in this new film or any sequels. Director Rob Marshall recently explained Julie’s absence in the film to Entertainment Weekly. “[Julie] had known it was in the works, then we said, ‘We’re doing it,’ and she said, ‘Oh, thank God,’” Rob recalled. “Then we said, ‘And we’re thinking of Emily Blunt,’ and she just threw her hands up in the air and said, ‘Yes!’ I think a lot of people feel that way about Emily’s work.”
Emily also recently told Variety, “[Julie] was very hands-off with the whole thing. There was discussion that maybe she would come and do a bit in the movie, and she was so generous, actually. She said to Rob, ‘Do you know what this is? This is Emily’s version of her and I don’t want it to be that she’s playing Mary Poppins the whole way through, but then I come in and there’s, like ‘Oh, but there’s the real Mary Poppins.’”
Mary Poppins Returns also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, and Meryl Streep.