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Why Isn’t Julie Andrews in the New 'Mary Poppins'? The Practically Perfect Star Is "Hands-Off"

By Mary Grace Garis

Even a Mary Poppins purist would have a hard time not getting sucked into the cartoonishly delightful world of Mary Poppins Returns. Emily Blunt stars as the most magical nanny of all time, and though she looks practically perfect in every way, we have to wonder: why isn’t Julie Andrews in the new Mary Poppins movie? Because such bad news certainly needs a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine goes down. Plus, it does seem a little off that she won’t be paying the Banks children (well, “children”) a visit.

Well, it’s not that the OG Mary Poppins is turning her nose up at the remake. In fact, according to Emily and director Rob Marshall, there’s only love between the Poppinses.

So what are Julie Andrews’ thoughts on the Mary Poppins sequel?

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Rob Marshall and Julie go way back — the pair have been friends ever since he choreographed her in Victor/Victoria over 25 years ago — so it shouldn’t have been a hard sell to get a cameo. He first brought up the subject of a Poppins remake when attending Julie’s Christmas party with producer John DeLuca. And rest assured that the songstress showed nothing but enthusiasm and support for the upcoming sequel.

“She had known it was in the works, then we said, ‘We’re doing it,’ and she said, ‘Oh, thank God,’” Rob told Entertainment Weekly. “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.” 

“She said it’s time and she said, ‘I know it’ll be cared for,’” he continued. “And that’s the thing I think about every day when I’m at work. We all do.” 

But then why isn’t Julie Andrews appearing in Mary Poppins Returns?