I distinctly remember being 5 years old and trying to stand ankle to ankle the way Mary Poppins did. To say I was obsessed with that movie is an understatement. I wanted to be just like Mary Poppins and, in fact, grew up and became a nanny for a time before having my own kids. Mary Poppins continues to be my favorite Disney movie of all time, and one I watch a few times a year.
When I heard the news of a new Mary Poppins movie, my first thought was, “NO! You just can not touch that classic!” But, then I learned it would not be a remake, but a sequel. Relief flooded over me and I began to get very excited for the upcoming film.
If you haven’t seen it yet, Disney released the first glimpse of Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins Returns. Check it out!
I’m officially counting down days until this movie is released! Here are a few details about the movie:
Directed and produced by Rob Marshall, MARY POPPINS RETURNS also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep.
The film, which introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson, also features Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Streep). The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca and Marc Platt. The screenplay is by David Magee based on The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman writing all new songs and Shaiman composing an original score.
MARY POPPINS RETURNS will be released in U.S. theaters on December 25, 2018!