When we think of Mary Poppins, we don’t think about the music or the flying nanny or the lonely children (well, not first, anyway). What we think about is the beautiful performance of everyone’s favourite English actress, Dame Julie Andrews (if she’s not your favourite, you’re wrong). So as much as we all love Emily Blunt, who is set to star as Mary in the new reboot of Mary Poppins, it’s hard to imagine Mary without Julie. Well, it looks like we might not have to.
Though we don’t have official confirmation from Disney themselves just yet, it has been reported that Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke are going to be appearing in cameo roles in the new movie. This is the most exciting news we’ve received since the original cast announcements.
As mentioned, the movie is already set to star Emily Blunt in the title role alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda as a Bert-the-chimney-sweep-type character, Jack-the-street-lamp-lighter. Also joining the cast is the wonderful, talented and amazing Meryl Streep as the new character, Topsy, Mary Poppin’s cousin.
The movie will draw from the books of P.L. Travers and center around Michael’s (the boy from the 1964 movie) children. We’re pretty excited to see our favourite magical nanny (sorry, Nanny McPhee) back in action.
The roles Andrews and van Dyke would play are still up in the air. Grandparents of the kids? An elderly couple on the street? Something completely unexpected and surprising? We’re pretty used to this kind of uncertainty though; we never know what Disney has up their sleeves until we’re in the theatre (usually crying). It’s going to be hard to wait that long, but it looks like it’ll be worth it.