It's no secret that Mary Poppins Returns is the 2018 movie I'm most excited for. Why? I have so many reasons, but here are my top 4:
- Mary Poppins is far and away my favorite movie of all time. That combination of music, dancing, magic and Julie Andrews (an international treasure!) just does something for me.
- Rob Marshall, the director, has done amazing things with other movie musicals. He directed and Chicago and Into the Woods in ways that more than lived up to their on-stage versions!
- Rob Marshall is on record stating that Mary Poppins Returns is not a re-do of the original. Mary Poppins Returns is not a re-make of Mary Poppins, because “no one could touch that.” Insert the heart-eyes emoji, because that's exactly what I wanted to hear!
- Lin-Manual Miranda. If you're not familiar, just watch the trailer and I think you'll understand.
See images of musical numbers and get all the cast details in this Mary Poppins Returns News article!
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If you're even half as excited as I am about Mary Poppins Returns, you're going to love what I have for you (in addition to the new poster at the top of this page):
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Mary Poppins Returns arrives in theaters everywhere on December 19, 2018. See more details and information about your local showtimes here!
About Mary Poppins Returns
In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss.
Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.
“Mary Poppins Returns” is directed by Rob Marshall and the screenplay is by David Magee. The screen story is by Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca and it's based upon the Mary Poppins Stories written by PL Travers.
The producers are John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a. and Marc Platt, p.g.a. with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. The music score is by Marc Shaiman and the film features all new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman.
The author PL Travers first introduced the world to Mary Poppins, as a no-nonsense nanny in her 1934 book “Mary Poppins.” But the subsequent adventures of Mary Poppins and friends remained within the seven other PL Travers’ Mary Poppins books…until now. “Mary Poppins Returns” is drawn from the abundance of stories and ideas in these additional books.
The film is set in 1930s Depression-era London, almost 25 years after the original Mary Poppins took place. The grown Michael Banks works for the same financial institution that employed his father. He still lives at 17 Cherry Tree Lane with his three children, Annabel, John and Georgie, along with Ellen, their housekeeper.
Jane Banks continues in her mother’s honor as she campaigns for workers’ rights and offers a helping hand to Michael’s family.
When the Banks family suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins magically returns to their lives. With Jack’s help, she brings joy and wonder back into their home at Cherry Tree Lane.
The film also stars Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and introducing Joel Dawson as the Banks’ children, with Colin Firth as William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s cousin, Topsy. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke appears as Mr. Dawes, Jr., a retired chairman of the bank that's now run by Firth’s character.