Mary Poppins Returns has officially finished filming and Entertainment Weekly got the inside scoop on what to expect from the sequel to the beloved original 1964 Mary Poppins film. The film, which has Emily Blunt stepping into the iconic role of super(natural) nanny Mary Poppins, doesn’t arrive in theaters until Christmas 2018 but we’re already freaking out with excitement.
The sequel takes place 25 years after the events of the original film and sees Mary return to 17 Cherry Tree Lane to bring some magic back into the lives of the Banks family, following the death of a now-adult Michael’s (Ben Whishaw) wife.
According to EW and director Rob Marshall, Andrews couldn’t have had a more adorable reaction. She allegedly said “YES“and threw her hands up in the air. According to Marshall, Andrews added…
“This is Emily’s show. I want her to take this and run with it, because she will be brilliant.”
Marshall recognizes that Andrews’ endorsement is a hot topic, but he insists that the 81-year-old legend is “one thousand percent” in support of the film. “Julie will always be, for me and for everybody, the most astonishing performance as Mary Poppins, winning the Oscar and bursting onto the scene so brilliantly,” he says. “But Emily is the perfect person to carry the torch, and I know Julie feels the exact same way. She loves her.” So much so, in fact, that Andrews decided not to appear in the sequel out of respect to Blunt. (Van Dyke, on the other hand, does make a cameo — but no, not as Bert.)
Marshall explains, “Julie was incredibly gracious, and we talked about it in a very general way but she made it clear right up front. She said…
‘This is Emily’s show, and I really want it to be Emily’s show. I don’t want it to be, “Oh, here comes that Mary Poppins.” I don’t want that. I really want her to take this and run with it, because she will be brilliant.’
Mary Poppins Returns will hit theaters on Christmas Day 2018.