First Look at MARY POPPINS RETURNS
Disney has debuted the first look at Mary Poppins Returns via EW.
Magical nanny Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) returns in the sequel to Walt Disney’s 1964 musical classic, which starred Julie Andrews (in an Academy Award-winning performance) as P.L. Travers’ singing, flying nanny. Set 25 years after Mary Poppins in mid-1930s London, Mary Poppins Returns sees Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane, home to banker and artist Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) stricken by tragedy: his wife dies suddenly, leaving the Banks family — including children Annabel (Pixie Davies), Georgie (Joel Dawson), and John (Nathanael Saleh), aunt Jane (Emily Mortimer) and housemaid Ellen (Julie Walters) — in tethers.
With the home now in danger of foreclosure, Mary Poppins makes her return, attempting to re-light the family’s spirits through a series of grand adventures, including a visit to the top of Big Ben, a trip to the bottom of the ocean, and magical encounters with dancing, animated penguins and upside-down cousins (Meryl Streep).
“The bar is so high for this,” says director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods) of the five-decades-later sequel. “But to be able to walk in the footsteps of this beautiful story about a woman who brings magic to this family that’s looking for wonder and hope and joy in their lives… I feel a great responsibility and reverence every day. We all feel it. We’re just lifting it up to get there with the right intentions behind it.”
“Dick Van Dyke said that the thing he remembers the most about doing the original film was the spirit, and he said, ‘It’s exactly the same spirit here,’” said Marshall of Dick van Dyke, co-star of Mary Poppins, who makes a “top secret cameo” (and not as Bert) in the film. “He was right here on Cherry Tree Lane and he said, ‘I feel like I’m home.’”
Blunt’s Poppins will be joined by lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), former apprentice of chimney sweep Bert (Dick Van Dyke). The cast includes Ben Whishaw, Colin Firth, and Angela Lansbury. Mary Poppins Returns is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca (Chicago) and Marc Platt (La La Land). The screenplay is by David Magee (Life of Pi) based on The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers with Marc Shaiman (Hairspray) and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) writing all new songs and Shaiman composing an original score.
Mary Poppins Returns flies into theaters December 25th, 2018.