MARY POP­PINS

FROM THE CAST TO THE RE­LEASE DATE, HERE’S EV­ERY­THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SE­QUEL TO THE MUCH-LOVED

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - CINEMA - By Clarisse Loughrey

Though Dis­ney has been me­thod­i­cally work­ing through its older clas­sics of late (in what ap­pears to be an ef­fort to re­make its en- tire canon) one film has in­stead been given the se­quel treat­ment.

Mary Pop­pins Re­turns will add a sec­ond chap­ter to the 1964 film, which won five Academy Awards and starred Julie Andrews as a mag­i­cal nanny who swoops in to save the dys­func­tional Banks fam­ily.

Here is ev­ery­thing we know so far about the new film.

Who is in the cast and who are they play­ing?

Emily Blunt as Mary Pop­pins: Blunt has earned a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the UK’S finest tal­ents, thanks to roles in A Quiet Place and The Girl on the Train, but Mary Pop­pins Re­turns may prove to be her most am­bi­tious role yet. Step­ping into Julie Andrews’ for­mi­da­ble shoes, Blunt has promised to de­liver a new take on the char­ac­ter — one that still pays trib­ute to Andrews’ per­for­mance, but draws more heav­ily from the ver­sion of Pop­pins we see in PL Travers’ source books. “She’s a lit­tle meaner,” Blunt teased.

Lin-manuel Mi­randa as Jack: The adult pro­tégé of Burt (played by Dick Van Dyke in the 1964 orig­i­nal), is not a chim­ney sweep this time, but a “leerie” — a per­son who rides around on a bi­cy­cle with a lad­der to light the street lamps of Lon­don, then douses them in the morn­ing.

Ben Whishaw as Michael: The grown-up ver­sion of Matthew Gar­ber’s char­ac­ter from the 1964 film, Michael still lives in the same house on Cherry Tree Lane, and has fol­lowed in his fa­ther’s foot­steps by work­ing as a banker at the Fidelity Fidu­ciary Bank in Lon­don. Michael has three chil­dren, though it’s been im­plied his wife has re­cently died, putting the fam­ily in a cri­sis.

Emily Mor­timer as Jane:

Emily Blunt plays Mary Pop­pins in the se­quel.

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