Mary Poppins fans have just over a month before the event of the season kicks off with the release of Disney’s upcoming Mary Poppins Returns. To get you in the spirit, a special featurette has just debuted, bringing the music and power of Mary Poppins front and center.
Director, Rob Marshall, spoke about the project and picking up the story again after so much time has passed. “…There were 8 books all together. There was a real sense that there’s so much more story to be told.” Marshall brought the idea to Emily Blunt, who he immediately saw as the clear to take on the mantle of Mary Poppins.
“I was blown away by the whole idea of it”, said Emily Blunt. “We all care so deeply about the project”. The countdown draws near, as we get closer and closer to the return of our beloved flying nanny.
Mary Poppins Returns is directed by Rob Marshall. The screenplay is by David Magee and the screen story is by Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a. and Marc Platt, p.g.a. with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. The music score is by Marc Shaiman and the film features all new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman.
The film also stars Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and introducing Joel Dawson as the Banks’ children, with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes, Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.
Make sure to catch Mary Poppins Returns when it flies into theaters on December 19th!