Fans at D23 Expo were in for a surprise when actress Emily Blunt joined director Rob Marshall on stage to unveil a teaser of "Mary Poppins Returns". The film, slated to hit the screens during the Christmas next year, is a sequel to the original 1964 movie about a magical English nanny. The movie was based on P L Travers book with Julie Andrews playing Poppins. The incidents in the film take place more than 24 years after the original film and follow the children who have now grown up and are going through a personal loss, forcing Mary Poppins and her lamplighter friend Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) to pay a visit to them. Blunt said taking over the role after Andrews was "daunting" but she had to make Poppins her own. "I found that I watched about 15 minutes of the original and then just stopped watching it because I needed to kind of try and pay homage to what Julie did but carve out new space for myself," Blunt said. "No one is ever going to out-Julie Andrews. She's just unbelievable. There will never be anyone else like her.
So I just had to do my version of her and I think we were very loyal to the books. I think she is a little more sort of acerbic and odd and vain and weird in the books. And so we went that direction a little more. So it's my version of her!" she said. Marshall said he had immense respect for the original film and this is why his film has been careful about taking the legacy forward. "We both and the entire company and the creative time feel very protective of the original film because we love it so much," Marshall said. "That's that and will always be that. This is living in that world with a foot in the past and a foot in the future and telling that story," he said. Marshall said they were able to get the original table with the phone on it from the 1964 film.
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