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