Walt Disney Pictures kicked off the production for the new “Mary Poppins” installment this week, the film is set to star Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt. While Disney only made one adaptation of the franchise, the story of the famous nanny is told throughout seven books.
The film will be a follow-up to the original 1964 hit, and will be called “Mary Poppins Returns”. The films are based on the ‘Mary Poppins’ books written by PL Travers. The original film adaptation, made by Disney, starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke and was nominated for 13 Academy Awards at the time.
Disney stated that Mary Poppins Returns is set in 1930s London, the same time-period of the original stories by PL Travers. Disney described the upcoming film’s storyline stating:
“The story follows Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane Banks (Emily Mortimer), who are now grown up. Michael is living with his three children (Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson) and housekeeper Ellen (Julie Walters), in the house on Cherry Tree Lane! After a personal loss, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) comes back into the lives of the Banks family. She is joined by a street lamplighter named Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), and an eccentric cousin named Topsy (Meryl Streep).”
Disney also confirmed that Dick Van Dyke will be returning to the cast, but he will be playing the role of Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. Also joining the cast is Colin Firth, who will be playing William Weatherall Wilkins. Disney will most likely be surprising us with new cast announcements for the next few months.
The film will be directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Chicago), working off a screenplay written by David Magee (Life of Pi). Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray”) will write new songs for the film, with Shaiman composing an original score.
Disney will release “Mary Poppins Returns” on December 25, 2018.