Production begins on “Mary Poppins Returns”


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Production on Mary Poppins Returns, the all new sequel to Disney’s 1964 film Mary Poppins, has started.  The film will be starring Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt and Emmy®, GRAMMY® and Tony Award® winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.  This is incredible news but I have to also inform you, fans of anything Mary Poppins who are bursting at the seams now to see this, the sequel isn’t set to be released until December 25, 2018.

The film also stars: Ben Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep.  I’m happy to report that Dick Van Dyke plays Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is now run by William Weatherall Wilkins (Firth).  In this rendition we’ll be meeting some new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson.  Directing will be Oscar® nominee, Emmy® and DGA Award winner Rob Marshall who worked with Blunt on Into the Woods.

Mary Poppins Returns will be set in the time the novels themselves were written which is in the 1930s.  It’ll take place in depression-era London and will be characterized from by the abundance of information in the other seven books.  In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (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 (Streep).

PL Travers first introduced the world to the no-nonsense nanny in her 1934 book “Mary Poppins,” which Disney adapted for the screen and released in August, 1964. The film, which was directed by Robert Stevenson and starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, was the top-grossing film of that year and nominated for 13 Academy Awards®, winning five. However, the subsequent adventures of Mary Poppins remained only on the pages of PL Travers’ seven additional books, which she published between 1935 and 1988.

The film is produced by Marshall, Emmy® winner and Golden Globe® nominee John DeLuca (Chicago) and Oscar® and Tony® nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Marc Platt (La La Land).

About Walt Disney Studios:

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!


About Shari K. Green

Shari became fascinated by films when at the age of seven she saw a movie being made in front of her house. As a teenager she immersed herself in the culture of film working on stage and then became a cinephile, working in a video store. Since then she expanded into film criticism writing for the last eight years and she has now written, directed and produced several short films and is currently working on a feature film project with her production company, Good Stew Productions, which she created with a few of her friends. Her favorite movies are “The Big Chill” and “Lonely Boy” and she enjoys watching Woody Allen films above all others.

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