Emily Blunt talks about A Quiet Place, Mary Poppins Returns, and more

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Jan 2, 2018, 4:40 PM EST

It's shaping up to be a very good year for Emily Blunt, as the talented actress is set to appear in two very different (but buzzed-about) films. The first is the horror thriller A Quiet Place, where she plays a family matriarch (opposite her real-life husband John Krasinski) who must live her life in utter silence due to an unknown threat. The second is none other than Disney's Mary Poppins Returns, where she will grab the bottomless bag and umbrella from Julie Andrews and appear as the titular character. 

In a new article from Vanity Fair, Blunt talks about both projects. She was director Rob Marshall's "first and only pick" for the role of Mary Poppins, and while little has yet to be seen of the new film, it will certainly contain dancing. Blunt describes "a 15-minute choreographed song-and-dance sequence alongside co-star Lin-Manuel Miranda, children, and small male dancers in green screen costumes." What might those CG-friendly costumes mean? Blunt adds that "penguins might make an appearance." 

If she had any fears about taking on such a cherished character, she makes it clear that she did have a moment of pause. As she says, “No one can out-Julie Julie Andrews." She calls her new interpretation of the magical nanny “a bit more eccentric and frickin’ weird. She is incredibly rude, vain, and batty. She really made me laugh.” 

When filming ended, she went right on to join her husband on the set of the supernatural A Quiet Place. Co-written and directed by Krasinski, Blunt was not originally set to play the part opposite him, and Krasinski was not set to direct it, either. It wasn't until she read a draft of the film that everything changed. 

“I had this overwhelming feeling of ‘I don’t want anybody else to play this part," Blunt says, also sharing that she had encouraged Krasinski to direct it. "I felt completely sure about it in a way I hadn’t before," she says. "It was a film that represented some of my deepest fears—of not being able to protect my children.”

While it may not be possible to find two films that are as different as these two are, Emily Blunt is nothing if not versatile. Anyone who can effortlessly sing their way through a Sondheim classic (Into the Woods) before turning around and effortlessly slashing up some soldiers with a helicopter blade (Edge of Tomorrow) makes that pretty evident. A Quiet Place comes out on April 6, 2018, and Mary Poppins Returns will blow into cinemas on Christmas Day. 

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(Via Vanity Fair)