‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Recruits Angela Lansbury

By February 20, 2017

Forget retirement. This is Angela Lansbury.

The 91-year-old actress is looking to bookmark a stellar career by making an appearance in Disney’s upcoming Mary Poppins Returns. She’ll play a balloon lady in what is being described as a sequel to the 1964 classic Mary Poppins that won five Oscars, including best actress for Julie Andrews in the title role, as well as best original score by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.

Lansbury didn’t appear in the 1964 original, but she was in a different film of the same genre – 1971’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks, which itself earned an Oscar win for visual effects.

Emily Blunt will take over the title role in the sequel, and stars Ben Whishaw of James Bond fame playing Michael – one of the kids from the original film. It will be set in 1930s London, according to The Wrap, directed by Rob Marshall of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides fame.

The casting will make Lansbury the oldest actress on the set, beating out Dick Van Dyke – who turned 91 last December – by just two months. Van Dyke, who played Bert and Mr. Dawes Sr. in the original film, returns as Mr. Dawes Jr.

Lansbury is a three-time Oscar nominee – for Gaslight in 1945, The Picture of Dorian Gray in 1946 and The Manchurian Candidate in 1964. She won an honorary Oscar in 2014.

She has won five Tony Awards, however, beginning with Mame in 1966 and ending with Blithe Spirit in 2009. Lansbury also has earned 18 Emmy nominations, many for Murder, She Wrote, which was a starring vehicle for her between 1984 and 1996.

Mary Poppins Returns hits theaters Christmas 2018.

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