Emily Blunt on the 'daunting' task of playing Mary Poppins

Scene from the 2018 film 'Mary Poppins Returns' | Image Source: Walt Disney Pictures / MGN
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Actress Emily Blunt said she did not go back to watch the original "Mary Poppins" while preparing to play the iconic character in the sequel.

The 35-year-old instead went to the source material of P.L. Travers books to figure out her own take on the magical nanny.

She said her version is a weird amalgamation of Rosalind Russell in "His Girl Friday" and Princess Margaret.

Directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall, "Mary Poppins Returns" picks up with the Banks children 30 years later. It hits theaters nationwide on December 19.

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