Entertainment Weekly has the first look at director Rob Marshall‘s Mary Poppins Returns starring Emily Blunt. Check out the cover and additional on set pictures below.
It will be 54 years since the 1964 debut of Mary Poppins starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, but the sequel only goes 25 years into the future of London’s 1930s for our favorite nanny.
Here’s the synopsis breakdown:
Mary Poppins Returns is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Meryl Streep).
Director Rob Marshall had this to say about the responsibility he feels:
The bar is so high for this, but to be able to walk in the footsteps of this beautiful story about a woman who brings magic to this family that’s looking for wonder and hope and joy in their lives… I feel a great responsibility and reverence every day. We all feel it. We’re just lifting it up to get there with the right intentions behind it.
Dick Van Dyke said that the thing he remembers the most about doing the original film was the spirit, and he said, ‘It’s exactly the same spirit here,’ Marshall says, standing on the sunny cobblestones in front of No. 17. He was right here on Cherry Tree Lane and he said, ‘I feel like I’m home.’
What do you think.. looks like a smash Christmas blockbuster from here.