Nearly a year ago, it was reported that Emily Blunt would be starring in the sequel to the 1964 Julie Andrew’s classic. In the sequel, the film will be set in 1930s depression-era London and is based on PL Travers’ additional seven books. The film begins with Michael and Jane (played by Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer) now all grown up and Michael living on Cherry Tree Lane with his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (played by Julie Walters.)
But after Michael suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins will re-enter the lives of Banks family. Poppins, along with street lamplighter Jack (Lin Manuel-Miranda), will use her ‘unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives,’ while also introducing Michael’s children to ‘a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin Topsy’(Meryl Streep.)
Other cast members include Colin Firth as William Weatherall Wilkins, the man who runs Fidelity Fiduciary Bank and Dick Van Dyke, the bank’s chairman, Mr. Dawes Jr. With Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago) directing, it’s easy to see why Lin Manuel-Miranda would be excited. “To be able to say, ‘Bye honey, I’m going to work,’ and work means singing and dancing around with Emily Blunt with Rob Marshall directing, that’s like the best work day ever,” Miranda added.
Mary Poppins Returns is expected to be released December 25, 2018.