Why Julie Andrews Turned Down A Cameo In 'Mary Poppins Returns'

The 'Mary Poppins' reboot hits Australian cinemas on January 1st but Julie Andrews won't be making an appearance.

Andrews -- who immortalised the Mary Poppins character in 1964 -- apparently turned down a cameo in the new movie starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda for a very sweet, selfless reason.

“She immediately said no,” director Rob Marshall said at the recent premiere of Mary Poppins Returns about asking Andrews to appear in the film.

“She said, ‘This is Emily’s show and I want her to run with this. She should run with this. This is hers. I don’t want to be on top of that.'”

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And while you won't see Andrews in Mary Poppins Returns -- original cast member Dick Van Dyke will be making an appearance as bank chairman, Mr Dawes Jr.

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Blunt said of the 94-year-old's presence on set that it was "terribly moving having him there".

"Obviously he’d be exhausted by the end of the day, but between takes, he’d put his hand on my arm and sing, 'It’s a jolly holiday with Mary,'" Blunt told Harper's Bazaar. 

Mary Poppins Returns will be released in Australia on New Year's Day 2019.

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