Arguably, the best part of remakes and sequels is all the cameos from the original stars. Sadly, Julie Andrews won’t appear in Mary Poppins Returns, but she has the perfect reason why.
Cameos have become a tentpole in every sequel and remake the studios put forth. Last summer, Ghostbusters had cameos from Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, that strategically placed bust of Harold Ramis’ head, and who can forget that bonus Sigourney Weaver cameo during the credits.
The Mary Poppins sequel will be no different, as Dick Van Dyke will appear, with one member notably absent. Julie Andrews, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of our favorite magical governess, will not make a cameo in the upcoming sequel. She has the perfect reason for abstaining from appearing in the film, though.
EW had a chance to speak with Mary Poppins Returns‘s director Rob Marshall, who has also maintained a friendship with Julie Andrews after choreographing her on the stage in 1995’s Broadway run of Victor/Victoria, who shared Andrews thoughts on the sequel. “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.”
Julie Andrews is “one thousand percent” behind this new Mary Poppins movie, and even more so behind the woman stepping into the role. It’s not a necessity to have the blessing of the original movie’s shining star, but we guarantee that having it is a major relief to all the parties involved.
Andrews trusts the crew in place to do right by her beloved character, and with similar blessings from the P.L. Travers estate, the original co-composer Richard Sherman, and the original film’s Bert, Dick Van Dyke, this production has all the appropriate people happy to see Mary return to the big screen for all new adventures.