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Emily Blunt admits to having some “trepidation” taking on the iconic role of Mary Poppins in the upcoming film Mary Poppins Returns, but her mind has been put at ease. Blunt recently talked about getting feedback from Dame Julie Andrews, who starred as the magical nanny in the 1964 Disney film.

She didn’t speak to Andrews directly but did hear from a trusted source. The Girl on the Train star told Entertainment Weekly, “Rob [Marshall, Mary Poppins Returns director] said he was in the Hamptons, and he saw Julie Andrews and he said, ‘It’s top secret, but Emily Blunt’s playing Mary Poppins.'”

We love the mental image of Andrews rubbing elbows at the posh summer spot in New York, but that’s a story for another day.

And what was Andrews’ response?

Blunt continued on, saying, “And she went, ‘Oh, wonderful!’ I felt like I wanted to cry. It was lovely to get her stamp of approval. That took the edge off it, for sure.”

While Blunt may have been nervous about stepping on anyone’s toes, it sounds like the Mary Poppins she’s playing will be slightly different. Blunt describes her as “a little meaner.”

As well, the 2018 film isn’t a direct remake. But instead the story will pick up 20 years after the original came to an end, with the Banks children now grown. The material will be pulled from Mary Poppins author P.L.Travers‘ book series, with Blunt saying, “We’re delving into the books a lot more, which is a different version of the character.”

In an earlier interview, Marshall (Into the Woods) talked about backtracking, noting that there are eight books in all, saying, “There is all this new material—it was the Harry Potter of its time—and they were never turned into anything further than that [one] adventure.”

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By Brigid Brown