The director of Mary Poppins Returns has confirmed what we’d started to fear: there’ll be no cameo by Julie Andrews in the upcoming sequel.

Sad face. And yes, okay, we admit it. We’d gotten our hopes up after Dick Van Dyke confirmed he’ll appear in the update, and with Julie’s whole-hearted endorsement of her successor, but they’ve now been dashed by director Rob Marshall‘s comments.

He recently told Entertainment Weekly that while Julie is “one thousand per cent” behind the film, she “made it clear right up front” that she wouldn’t be making an appearance alongside Emily Blunt, who takes on the title role in the 2018 sequel.

Aw. That is a shame. But her reasoning is every bit as gracious as you’d expect from a dame.

As Rob explained: “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.'”

EW points out that Rob’s involvement in the sequel must have gone some way to convince Julie her legacy was in good hands. Famous for directing musicals like Chicago and Into the Woods, he and Julie worked together way back in 1995, when he choreographed her on Broadway in 1995’s Victor/Victoria, and remain firm friends.

Despite her reluctance to appear, Julie is still enthusiastic about Mary Poppins returning to the big screen after all of these years. “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.”

That at least is good to hear.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.