Rosamund Pike wanted Mary Poppins role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 March 2018
Rosamund Pike

Rosamund Pike

Rosamund Pike wanted to play Mary Poppins in the franchise reboot and even wrote to director Rob Marshall to show her interest

Rosamund Pike wrote to Rob Marshall to ask to play Mary Poppins.

The 39-year-old actress - who has sons Solo five, and Atom, three, with partner Robie Uniacke - felt it was worth reaching out to the filmmaker to let him know she was interested in playing the magical nanny in long-awaited sequel 'Mary Poppins Returns', but the role went to Emily Blunt.

She recalled to Total Film magazine: "[I wrote] 'Just so you know, I would really love to be Mary Poppins.'

"It's worth putting your hat in the ring for things sometimes."

When it comes to choosing her roles, Rosamund - who can next be seen playing a German terrorist in Jose Padilha's 'Entebbe' - wants to work with directors who are passionate about the project.

She explained: "I really want to know the director has to make the film. It's not just a job.

"I felt that very strongly with Jose for 'Entebbe.

"You want to know, Does this person have a strong take? Is it in their blood?"

Meanwhile, the British actress admitted she found it very "traumatic" working on 'Hostiles', in which she played a mother who lost her family in a violent attack.

She said: "I've had to live in a very, very dark place for a while.

"It was really traumatic. It felt very real.

"When I re-watch that, I feel it was something I lived, rather than something I acted in."

But Rosamund is thankful directors have given her opportunities to push herself with her performances.

She said: "I think it's to do with being free to experiment. I think directors see that I'm prepared to get my hands dirty.

"You test your limits of your comfort zone. It seems unnatural and yet you feel surprisingly comfortable... it's a chance to do something that potentially could fail. It's a risk, right?"

Mary Poppins Returns

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Rob Marshall
  • Cast: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep

Michael Banks (Whishaw) is facing ruin after the death of his wife, and his sister Jane (Mortimer) can’t help—but then Mary Poppins (Blunt) sails down from the sky. Blunt is suitably brusque and radiant and a fine songstress, and while it’s a sliver of a story it’s impressively imaginative and unashamedly, triumphantly…

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