Back in February, we first heard rumours that Disney was planning to revisit yet another classic from their vault, although surprisingly in this case it was not another live-action adaptation of an animated film. Following up on the relative success of Saving Mr. Banks, which dramatized the making of Mary Poppins, they decided to greenlight a direct sequel to the 1964 film. At the time, Emily Blunt was said to be the top contender for the lead role and now this week we have confirmation that she will star in the follow-up. The movie will be called Mary Poppins Returns and Disney has given it a release date of Dec. 25th, 2018. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Variety, Emily Blunt will play Mary Poppins in their upcoming sequel, Mary Poppins Returns. Lin-Manuel Miranda (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) is also on board to play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack, who seems like the equivalent of Dick Van Dyke’s Bert in the original. The movie will be directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) from a script by David Magee (Finding Neverland, Life of Pi).
The story will take place 20 years after the original in Depression-era London with Jane and Michael Banks now grown up and Michael having three children of his own. In the wake of a personal loss, Mary Poppins once again appears to help the family “rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.” The movie will draw from some of P.L. Travers’ additional novels, which should help give it some legitimacy in the eyes of fans of the original. Are you interested in a Mary Poppins sequel and is Emily Blunt a good choice to star?