Blunt channels Julie Andrews in the first teaser for "Mary Poppins" sequel co-starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Wishaw, Emily Mortimer, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, and Dick Van Dyke.
Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall and star Emily Blunt took to the stage at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim Saturday where they shared the film’s first trailer and some tidbits about the sequel, including the fact that it’s set 25 years after the original 1964 classic. Given that Blunt is only a few years older than Julie Andrews was when she took on the iconic role of a flying nanny who saves a British family in turmoil, this got us thinking: Is Mary Poppins immortal? “She is ageless,” confirmed Marshall (Chicago) on a more earnest note.
At long last, we have the scoop on Mary Poppins Returns (in theaters Christmas 2018), a movie that looks as sweet as a spoonful of you-know-what. This week’s Entertainment Weekly cover story is all about the new Disney musical — a sequel to, and not a reboot of — the 1964 classic (which won 5 Oscars and was nominated for 8 more, including Best Picture). Emily Blunt, who plays the title role, graces the magazine’s cover in a jaunty blue hat and red suit, an update on the tailored nanny ensemble originally worn by Julie Andrews.
Character appears to have a somewhat modernized look, yet there are obvious callbacks to her 1964 version too
Angela Lansbury, a veteran of Disney musicals both live-action (Bedknobs and Broomsticks) and animated (Beauty and the Beast), has joined the cast of Mary Poppins Returns, the currently filming sequel to 1964’s Mary Poppins, in which she’ll be featured as the Balloon Lady, a character who appeared in PL Travers’ series of Mary Poppins children’s books.