With production officially underway in London for Mary Poppins Returns, Disney has released the synopsis for the sequel to the 1964 musical classic that starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Just to get you up to speed, Oscar-winning Chicago and Into the Woods filmmaker Rob Marshall is directing while Hairspray alums Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are writing new songs for film.
Mary Poppins Returns 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 (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel 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 (Meryl Streep).
Colin Firth also stars as William Weatherall Wilkins who runs Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. Van Dyke, who appeared in the original, makes an appearance as Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of the bank.
Until Blunt was attached to the project, I thought a sequel was a horrible idea. But with her on board, along with Streep, Firth and Miranda, I feel this actually might turn out okay. Sadly, we’ll have to wait until Christmas Day, 2018 to find out.
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