More than half a century after the original musical film was released, Disney is releasing a remake of Mary Poppins next year. The titular magical nanny, first portrayed by Julie Andrews, will be played this time round by Emily Blunt, with Hamilton‘s own Lin Manuel-Miranda starring opposite her as a street lamp lighter named Jack, a character who did not appear in the original but could be a reinvention of Dick van Dyke‘s chimney sweep, Bert. Though hardly contemporary, the new movie will nonetheless be a slight modernisation of the story, set in the Depression era of British history, around twenty to thirty years later than the Edwardian setting of the original production, though truer to the novel by P L Travers on which it was based.
Filming is already underway, with an exciting cast that combines both new talent (such as the Banks children, played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and Joel Dawson) and familiar faces, with Colin Firth involved in the script and also an appearance from the one and only Dick van Dyke.
Given that Travers wrote a total of eight books about the supernatural nanny, there is a lot of material for the new movie to draw on, on top of the original movie. Because there are so many different directions they could take the beloved characters, there is a lot of speculation but not a lot known for certain about what Disney will do in the upcoming film.
Though it doesn’t shed a whole of light, Disney has offered fans something new to chew offer, releasing the first image of Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins.
True to the character’s mysterious nature, the picture doesn’t give all that much away, with Blunt facing away from the camera and half her face obscaured by a bright red hat.
But you get a feel for the character through her bright clothes and elegant posture, surrounded by the distinctive fog and architecture of London.