Disney has confirmed that a sequel to the classic film Mary Poppins is set for release in December of 2018.
Mary Poppins Returns is reported to be a direct sequel to Disney’s 1964 seminal film (which originally starred Julie Andrews), and will star Emily Blunt in the titular role. The original film saw a magical nanny named Mary Poppins become a guardian for 2 children (Michael & Jane Banks) when their father felt that he did not have the time to spend with them.
The film was one of the first to feature live actors combined with animated characters, and was also the recipient of five Academy Awards – one of which was the Best Actress award for Julie Andrews’ portrayal of the title character.
Based on the seven additional novels of author P.L. Travers, the official plot synopsis for the sequel reads: “In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.”
In the 1964 film, actor Dick Van Dyke starred as “Bert”, a chimney sweep who accompanied Mary & the children on their “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” adventures. The sequel, however, will feature Mary’s friend “Jack”; a street lamp lighter who will be played by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Director Rob Marshall (who previously worked with Emily Blunt on Into the Woods), said that he is “truly humbled and honored to be asked by Disney to bring PL Travers’ further adventures to the screen.” Marshall went on to say, “The iconic original film means so much to me personally, and I look forward to creating an original movie musical that can bring Mary Poppins, and her message that childlike wonder can be found in even the most challenging of times, to a whole new generation.”
Keith Scranton, film editor for IMDb.com, weighed in on the project by saying, They have big shoes to fill in this sequel, no question. The original is a classic and was one of Walt Disney’s favorite films. You would have to approach a sequel with some trepidation and respect. And they seem to be.” He also went on to commend the choice of Emily Blunt by saying that she is about as good as you can get” for the part of the magical nanny.
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