• Emily Blunt at The Girl on the Train premiere
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Emily Blunt has finally opened up about playing the iconic Mary Poppins

We're feeling nostalgic AF.

Ever since it was announced that a Mary Poppins sequel was in the works, we have been counting down the days till its official release – with small updates over the past few months exciting us beyond belief.

While we still have a bit of a wait for Mary Poppins Returns to hit our screens, debuting at cinemas in December, Disney  chose the Oscars 2018 as its moment to release the film’s first official teaser trailer, and we already know that Emily Blunt is the Mary Poppins of our dreams.

Emily Blunt finally spoke out about playing the iconic role in a recent interview with People, and we’re more excited for the film than ever.

‘Really this is my version of her,’ Emily said about playing Poppins. ‘I did not watch the original during the process of making it. I had seen it as a kid but I didn’t watch the details of it all because I had to do my version of her.’

She continued: My perception of her in the books is that she is batty, eccentric, hilarious and incredibly rude and vain. I like that idea that she sweeps in and takes it all over and makes everything great.’

The upcoming film, starring Blunt as Mary Poppins, is based on P.L. Travers’ book series, with the plot following on from the 1964 Disney classic that we all know and love.

Mary Poppins Returns will take place 20 years later, following the story of a now-grown Michael Banks as he is reunited with his magical childhood nanny Mary Poppins who helps him to sort out his relationship with his own children.

The 35-year-old actress was confirmed as the iconic role in July last year, with Walt Disney Studios taking to Twitter to share a video of Emily Blunt in character, captioning it: ‘Emily Blunt is Mary Poppins in the upcoming sequel, #MaryPoppinsReturns. The brand new film opens in theatres December 2018. #D23Expo’

The new film, directed by Rob Marshall, is set to be a big change from the original, promising an all-new soundtrack (no ‘Spoonful of Sugar’ for us) and boasting a star-studded cast.

Aside from Blunt, Colin Firth has also joined the project, set to play Bank president, William Weatherall Wilkins, and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda has been cast as Bert’s equivalent – a street lamp lighter called Jack – even Meryl Streep has been given a cameo. It’s just too much.

Bring on December 2018.

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