As we learned earlier this summer, the always lovely Emily Blunt has snagged the lead in the remake of the 1964’s Mary Poppins, and we can only imagine how nervous she is, taking the iconic role made famous by Julie Andrews.
“I feel a little more trepidation with this [character] because she’s so emblematic of people’s nostalgia,” Blunt told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s such an important character in people’s childhood.”
Heck yeah, it is!
How many times have you sung ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ in your lifetime? (If you’re anything like us, the answer is more than you can count. Or would like to admit. It’s just so catchy, okay!?)
Or what about humming ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’ while cleaning the kitchen, chipping away at what you’ve dubbed Dish Mountain (while secretly wishing you could snap your fingers and make them wash themselves).
So, Blunt has big shoes to fill. But lucky for her, Mary Poppins Version 1.0 has given her blessing.
Director Rob Marshall, who’s been tasked with reviving the classic tale, apparently had a run-in with Dame Julia, and told her about the new cast.
“Rob said he was in the Hamptons, and he saw [Andrews], and he said, ‘It’s top secret, but Emily Blunt’s paying Mary Poppins,'” Blunt said. “And she went, ‘Oh, wonderful!'”
Awww. Original Mary Poppins hands New Mary Poppins the proverbial reins. Now isn’t that just the sweetest?
We are so down with Blunt playing Poppins. She’s a triple threat! The 33-year-old has got the look, can act (um, who’s excited for Girl on a Train?), and has the vocal chords of an angel (if you haven’t seen the fantasy drama Into The Woods, do so this weekend). Although, we do have to say that we think Adele would make an amazing Mary Poppins. Amaaaazing! But, who knows if she can act? So we’ll leave it at that
The only bad news here is that Mary Poppins Returns is still a ways away from being in front of our eyeballs–it’s slated to hit screens December 2018.