Our beloved magical nanny is back! And this time, the torch will be passed on to the fearless Emily Blunt, who has big shoes to fill considering who her predecessor is. Julie Andrews famously played Mary Poppins in the iconic 1964 movie musical based on the books by P. L. Travers.
The sequel Mary Poppins Returns has been filming in London for some time now and is set about 20 years after the events of the first movie. In Depression-era London, Jane and Michael Banks are now adults and Michael has his own three children.
The Banks family is once again visited by Mary Poppins following a deep personal loss. With her friend Jack, the street lamp lighter, Mary helps them cope and rediscover the joy and wonder missing from their lives.
Entertainment Weekly scored the first image of Blunt in full costume. Check it out!
Gotta love the no-nonsense Julie Andrews posture and the lush royal blue coat that’s a throwback to the original styling of Mary Poppins in 1964. She’s missing the parrot-handle umbrella but look at that tricked up magic bag! The designers have used bright psychedelic colours in place of the simpler floral prints that adorned Andrews’ bag decades ago.
And instead of the cheeky chimney sweep Burt, Mary’s new sidekick is a street lamp lighter named Jack, played by none other than the music man of the moment, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Opinionated Geek JM Wong found the image of Miranda in full costume below floating about online fan groups:
I wonder if Miranda is going to rap in the movie!
Mary Poppins Returns also boasts a stellar cast that includes Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw as the grown up Banks children, Meryl Streep as Mary’s cousin Topsy, Colin Firth as banker William Weatherall Wilkins and Julie Walters as loyal housekeeper Ellen. There are even reports that 91-year-old Dick Van Dyke will return for a cameo as Burt!
Mary Poppins was one of my favourite live action Disney movie musicals growing up so I’m really excited that a follow up is in the works!
What about you, geeks? Excited about the return of Britain’s most magical nanny?