Emily Blunt delayed Edge of Tomorrow sequel for Poppins
Director Doug Liman and star Tom Cruise have been teasing an Edge of Tomorrow sequel, titled Live Die Repeat and Repeat, for some time. Now the film’s other star, Emily Blunt, has revealed to IndieWire that she could have made the sequel happen last year but her commitment to Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns made her availability impossible.
“It’s a lot for all the stars to align for everyone to be free at the same time and available to do it at the same time,” Blunt said. “They asked me to do [it] two months before I started ‘Mary Poppins.’ Tom was like, ‘Can you go this autumn?’ and I was like, ‘No, I can’t go, I’m playing Mary Poppins for like a year, dude! I can’t do Edge of Tomorrow.’ Doug Liman has got an awesome idea and he’s excited and they just need to write it. There has been a script, but now I gather there’s another one in the works.”
Doug Liman has previously stated that the sequel will be smaller scale than the first, with an emphasis on character over action set pieces. He also said there would be a new scene-stealing character and that the second one would be the last one in the series.
She also told ScreenCrush that rumors of her being considered for Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel, now played by Brie Larson, were totally unfounded. Blunt was famously cast as Black Widow for 2010’s Iron Man 2, but had to pull out due to schedule issues. She was also considered for Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger.
“Oh, no, nobody ever called me about it,” Blunt confirmed of the Captain Marvel role. “[Laughs] It was all untrue!”
Directed by Liman, the first Edge of Tomorrow brought in just north of $100 million at the domestic box office, and cleared $370 million worldwide. The film also starred Bill Paxton, Noah Taylor, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, Jonas Armstrong, Franz Drameh, Masayoshi Haneda and Tony Way. The movie was based on the acclaimed novel All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.