Julie Andrews reflects on the success of ‘the Sound of Music’
Iconic film celebrates 50 years
Julie Andrews became an international star when she took the role of the world-famous nanny in 1964’s “Mary Poppins” and now, the screen icon can’t wait to see another British actress to take on the character.
Emily Blunt will be starring as Mary Poppins in the upcoming version, with the title of “Mary Poppins,” which will fly into theaters on christmas day 2018.
“Mary Poppins” tells the story of a magical nanny who provides music and adventure and two neglected children in the hope that it will bring them closer to their father.
“I admire her immensely,” the 82-year-old told Closer Weekly on Thursday of Bone.
Andrews clarified that the modern take on the storyline is not interfere with the classic.
Emily Blunt is Mary Poppins in the upcoming sequel, #MaryPoppinsReturns. The new film opens in theaters December 2018. #D23Expo
“It’s a new movie, based on all of the other stories, Walt Disney had in his trunk on the basis of the P. L. Travers’ Poppins character,” she explained. “It is a beautiful Emily is the new Poppins.”
Andrews is still surprised by the lasting impact of “Mary Poppins” has had over the years.
“It was 50 years ago, and that is my mind!”, she said.
Andrews, who starred in the film opposite Dick Van Dyke, said she is still thankful for the film, which helped launched her career in Hollywood, along with 1965 “The Sound of Music.”
“It was great,” she explained. “Singing is very, very close to my heart. The give of that sound… over the years you begin to realize how great it is that] there is someone you can forget about [problems].”
Van Dijk was delighted by the reboot that the 91-year-old actor told ET in December 2016 that he has a cameo appearance.
He famously starred as the chimney sweep/one-man-band Bert and bearded bank manager Dawes.
“… I have a little song and dance number,” Van Dijk told the celebrity news site. “I should be a part of it… This time there is no four hours in the makeup chair, I grew up in the role! I don’t need to wear make-up!”
In addition to the Bone, 35, the new “Mary Poppins” will be Emily Mortimer, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Ben Whishaw and Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton” fame.
Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke