Disney Announces ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ With Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda

By May 31, 2016
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After months of rumored casting reports and small announcements, Disney has finally revealed the lead stars, plot synopsis, and title for their new long-gap sequel film, Mary Poppins Returns, which is set to be a sequel to the 1964 award-winning, classic Disney film, which originally starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke and was based on the original stories by P.L. Travers.

Confirming reports from over the past few months, the studio announced that Emily Blunt is set to lead the film as Mary Poppins, alongside Hamilton and In the Heights creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who will be playing a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack, who will likely be filling the role played by Dick Van Dyke’s Bert in the 1964 film.

The film is set to reunite Blunt with her Into the Woods director, Rob Marshall as well, and follows a now grown up Jane and Michael Banks in a Depression-era London, who along with Michael’s three children, are visited once again by the enigmatic and magical Mary Poppins following a personal loss. With her unique skills and charm, in addition to the aid of her friend, Jack, Poppins will help the Banks to once again rediscover the joy and wonder that has gone missing from their lives.

Marshall commented on the announcement as well, with the following:

“I am truly humbled and honored to be asked by Disney to bring P.L. Travers’ further adventures to the screen. 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.”

Due to my love of the original film, particularly the performances of its actors and its 60s charm, I’ve been very resistant towards the idea of a long-gap sequel to the film, especially by Marshall, who can be hit-or-miss with me. That being said, I really do love the casting of both Blunt and Miranda, one of the best actresses of her generation, and one of the most prolific creative and musical voices of his, in this film.

So at this point, I’ve come to terms with the idea that this was going to happen no matter what, and I guess I’m just glad they’re filling the sequel up with this many talented people. I’m on board with anything that Miranda wants to do at this point too, and this just continues his collaboration with Disney, after working minimally on The Force Awakens last year, and helping to provide the music in their upcoming animated film, Moana. So I’m just gonna sit here and cross my fingers in the hopes that I don’t see any CGI penguins this time around.

Mary Poppins Returns is set to hit theatres on December 25th, 2018.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable