When Vogue’s editor in chief is called away to Europe, who runs things back in New York? Why, none other than Emily Blunt, of course. Between fielding phone calls, making dinner reservations, reading copy, and examining deceptively dissimilar cerulean belts, the actress somehow spared a moment to answer our 73 Questions. The thing she misses most about England? Its irreverence. The director she’d most like a call from? Alfonso Cuarón. Her criteria when considering a role? “Sophistication, intrigue, surprise—nothing derivative.”
Her first thought on hearing the title A Quiet Place? That the film, directed by her husband John Krasinski, would be a “sweet, sort of quiet living room drama . . . I was wrong.” As she works her way around the office, Blunt also reveals her hopes for the future of Hollywood, her love of jazz and home decorating, and pulls out her best Bostonian accent (wicked good!). She also shared the story of how Stanley Tucci became her brother-in-law and her method for preparing to play the world’s most famous nanny in Mary Poppins Returns, out this December. (Hint: It may require a bit of stretching first.) When Vogue’s EIC Anna Wintour called in to see how she was faring, Blunt assured her that all was well. Was there anything else that she could do to help? “No,” she replied. “That’s all.”
After confirmation of her cover for the magazine several months back, we finally have our first look at Emily’s Vogue shoot for the December issue. Co-star Lin-Manuel Miranda also features in the editorial, which shows both in character for the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns. I really love these photos, and hopefully we’ll see at least a few more in the coming weeks! I’ve added an except of the article below, but you can view the full story here.
VOGUE – PRECISELY WHAT IS MARY POPPINS? We know her to be a humanoid who does not age, is capable of telekinesis, is not constricted by the ordinary bounds of time, space, and gravity, and flies through the air with the aid of an umbrella, albeit in upright, duck-footed fashion. She is stern, fastidious, and speaks with a posh accent, but enjoys vaguely romantic relationships with common laborers. She is beloved by children and former children the world over, yet is, when contemplated at an intellectual distance, utterly unknowable, even bizarre.
“She’s a superhero,” says Emily Blunt without hesitation. “You could say she’s some sort of angel. She recognizes what people need, and she gives it to them, yet they discover something about themselves in the process.” With a rather Mary Poppins–like firmness, Blunt concludes, “I don’t think she concerns herself with what she is. There’s nobody else like her—which she quite likes.”
On Monday evening, Emily attended the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund 15th Anniversary Event, which took place at Navy Yard in Brooklyn. Over 150 photos from the event have been adding to the gallery, so be sure to take a look.
LOS ANGELES TIMES – The star and director of “Mary Poppins Returns” sit close together on a settee in a hotel suite high above Central Park, thick as thieves, and suddenly they’re not Emily Blunt, Golden Globe-winning actress, and Rob Marshall, Hollywood’s Oscar-nominated go-to musical man.
It’s the “Em and Robbie” show.
There’s an exceedingly warm mutual admiration and a shorthand between the pair after two films together, a rapport that first sparked years ago over lunch for a project that didn’t pan out and blossomed when Blunt starred as the plucky baker’s wife in Marshall’s 2014 hit adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.”
Marshall calls Blunt an old soul and “my favorite actress.” She vows to lure him and his partner, John DeLuca, out of Manhattan and “convert them to Brooky-Brooks” — meaning Brooklyn, where she lives with husband John Krasinski.
The two are creatively simpatico, they say, which is a big part of how they found the confidence to attempt something as wildly ambitious as reviving one of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. Also, Marshall adds, it helps that they both like martinis.
Still, Blunt admits, she was surprised and terrified when Marshall called her one day after the success of “Into the Woods” to propose teaming up on a new project he wanted to make with Disney.
“He said, ‘By far their most prized possession is Mary Poppins,’ and I remember my hair blowing back from thrill and vague panic,” Blunt said with a laugh. But she said yes immediately, and the massive undertaking began.
We’ve updated the gallery with a handful of photos of Emily and husband John Krasinski attending the 21st SCAD Savannah Film Festival over the weekend (Oct 27), where they were both given two special honors – Emily with an Icon Award and John with a Vanguard Award. Congratulations to our favorite couple!
There were yet more couple-goals moments from Emily and John at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival this past weekend, and you can watch the video over at Entertainment Weekly.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Love was in the air at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, when A Quiet Place stars and real-life couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt sat down with EW and revealed their favorite films the other has starred in — along with a few compliments sure to warm everyone’s hearts.
Asked to share his favorite of his wife’s roles, Krasinski went for a classic. “Everybody keeps making fun of me for it, but The Devil Wears Prada was just one of those things where it was sort of my introduction to her,” shared the actor.
While he happily complimented his wife’s turns in Prada and My Summer of Love, the Jack Ryan star joked, “She’s gonna say she hasn’t seen anything I’ve done.”
Proving her husband wrong, the Mary Poppins star revealed some of her favorites. “I love him in A Quiet Place, I think he’s really stunning in it, but I loved him in Away We Go. I think he was just awesome in it. I loved his big shaggy beard and the hair and he was so authentic and funny. I think that’s one of my favorites that he’s done.”
Referencing Blunt’s roles in Sicario, Girl on the Train, and the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns, Krasinski said simply, “there’s nothing she can’t do.”
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt’s Jungle Cruise is sailing into a later release date. The Disney film will now open in the heart of summer movie season on July 24, 2020.
The film previously had been scheduled for Oct. 10, 2019. Jungle Cruise is the only project with a title set for that date, though Warner Bros. has an untitled DC film and Sony has an untitled animated franchise movie currently slotted in that spot.
The Shallows filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra is helming Jungle Cruise, which is set in the early 20th century and takes place in the Amazon jungle. Johnson stars as a boat captain who takes a sister (Blunt) and brother (Jack Whitehall) on a journey to find a tree believed to have healing powers. Along the way, they must deal with wild animals and a competing German expedition. Paul Giamatti is also starring.
Beau Flynn, John Davis and John Fox are producing, as are Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia. Scott Sheldon is co-producing.
“Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages. My partner in crime, Emily Blunt and I, lovingly invite you to join us for THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME. All aboard,” Johnson tweeted Friday. Jungle Cruise wrapped filming in September.
Disney also undated an untitled Marvel movie, unsetting it from July 31, 2020. Little is known about Marvel Studios’ plans beyond next summer’s Avengers 4 and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Before he was fired as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, James Gunn had said that film would open in 2020, and there had been speculation the film would open in that date or a May 1, 2020 slot, however, Marvel Studios never officially dated the film.