5 decades after Julie Andrews brought Mary Poppins to life in the 1964 film directed by Robert Stevenson, the magic nanny is about to bring back the magic and happiness to the big screens, with Emily Blunt taking the part.
Disney announced on Tuesday that “”Mary Poppins Returns”, a sequel to the 1964 “Mary Poppins” film, will hit the big screens on Christmas Day 2018, with “The Devil Wears Prada” star Emily Blunt to portray Mary Poppins and Lin-Manuel Miranda of Broadway musical “Hamilton” to play as a new character named Jack who is a lamplighter.
The sequel will be directed by Rob Marshall who will be co-producing with John DeLuca. The script to be used is an adapted script by David Magee, and a whole new musical score will be created by Marc Shaiman.
The story will center on a now grown up Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children in Depression-era London, when the Banks family suffered a personal loss and is visited by Mary Poppins who will help the family cope up and find joy again.
Marshall expressed his excitement in directing the film and said that he is both humbled and honored to be directing and bringing back the classic to the big screen.
He stated how the original film meant so much to him personally, and that he is looking forward to making a movie that will introduce Mary Poppins’ message that happiness can be found even in the darkest of times to a new generation.