Happy birthday to Emily Blunt! The actress turns 33 today (February 23), near the beginning of what should be an exciting time for her. That’s because she already has six films lined up for 2016 and 2017—even one in 2018! Here are all the details on Emily Blunt’s upcoming projects.
Animal Crackers: This animated feature is about a family that inherits a deteriorated circus and a magical box of the titular snack that turns people into the animal the cookie was made to resemble. Blunt will be playing Zoe Huntington, wife of John Krasinski’s Owen Huntington, with the pair fighting to save the circus from evil Uncle Horatio (played by Sir Ian McKellen). The movie is still in the midst of filming. It is expected to be released this year, although no exact date has been set yet.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War: Set to release on April 22, this prequel/sequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman explains the origins of Eric the Huntsman and Ravenna, the Evil Queen, before jumping to after the first film and Ravenna’s revival by her sister. Blunt will be playing said sister, Freya the Ice Queen, while Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron will be reprising their roles as Eric and Ravenna, respectively. This film was originally canned due to the highly publicized affair scandal between director Rupert Sanders and Kristen Stewart, the first film’s leading star, but cooler heads prevailed. That being said, neither Sanders nor Stewart will be involved in this new film.
The Girl on the Train: Scheduled to release on October 7, Emily Blunt takes on the lead role in this film, which is based on the novel of the same name. Blunt plays Rachel Watson, who becomes envious of a couple she always sees through the window on her commute to work. However, one day the wife goes missing and Rachel begins to suspect it may have something to do with her. The book came out in 2015, but DreamWorks acquired the movie rights the year prior, showing faith in the project. So far, the only thing that is said to be different from the novel is the location; while the book takes places in the U.K., the film’s setting will be the U.S.
My Little Pony: The revival of this franchise has proven incredibly popular with young girls (and a disturbing amount of adult men) since the animated series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic began airing in 2010. Now, Emily Blunt will join the cast of the series as it receives its first full-length theatrical release, though her role has yet to be specified. The plot sees the show’s main characters leave Equestria to save their town of Ponyville.
Untitled Mary Poppins Sequel: It was long rumored that Disney was scouting Emily Blunt to play Mary Poppins herself in a planned sequel to the 1964 classic. However, the rumors were finally put to rest this month, when it was finally confirmed that the actress was in talks to play the role. The movie will take place only 20 years after the original, making it set during the Great Depression, and will feature the same musical aspect that made its predecessor famous all these decades later.
Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes: This is a follow-up to the 2011 film (Gnomeo & Juliet) that offered a unique take on Shakespeare’s famous tale and turned out to be a sleeper success. Emily Blunt returns to voice the female lead, Juliet, as does James McAvoy to voice Romeo, with Johnny Depp playing the titular Sherlock Gnomes. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s one more big return, as Sir Elton John will be coming back to write new music for the movie! Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait till early 2018 for this release.