After months of speculation and classic Disney deception, the studio has finally confirmed that Mary Poppins will be returning to the big screen. And they didn’t just leave us with a vague movie confirmation (we do not handle those well), we’ve also been blessed with a title, the main cast, plot information and even a release date. Take a few deep breaths before proceeding, some childhood dreams are coming true.
Mary Poppins Returns (a fitting title) will star Emily Blunt as the title character and Lin-Manuel Miranda (the creator of that little record-breaking, award-winning musical, Hamilton) as a new character, Jack the streetlamp lighter. Anyone who tackles that iconic Mary Poppins role has some pretty big shoes to fill. Julie Andrews is literally perfect. But, if anyone can do it, it’s probably Emily Blunt. She’s definitely proven herself to be a more than capable actor and she showed us her singing chops in Into the Woods, so we’re not particularly worried about her. We certainly don’t expect her to play a better Mary than Queen Julie, but we are cautiously optimistic her performance will be everything we want it to be.
And we’re just excited to see Lin-Manuel Miranda in a movie. Not all of us can travel to New York or afford tickets to Hamilton so it’s going to be amazing to finally see him in action for only the cost of a movie ticket. He’s already got that childlike energy and love for entertaining that Dick Van Dyke does (even at 90 years old) so fulfilling the role of M.P.’s singing, dancing sidekick shouldn’t be out of his wheelhouse. Are you excited yet?
So what’s even going on in this movie? The story for Mary Poppins Returns is drawn from the same P.L. Travers books that inspired the first movie and takes place in depression-era London, years after the original. Jane and Michael are all grown up and draw a visit from their favourite flying nanny after a ‘personal loss.’ The film centers on the siblings and Michael’s children as Mary Poppins and Jack help them ‘rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.’ Sounds pretty similar to the first one, but hey, that one worked pretty well. Owning the title, ‘Disney classic beloved by all’ is pretty admirable.
Rob Marshall (also of Into the Woods) is set to direct and we trust him. He says, ‘I look forward to creating an original movie musical that can bring Mary Poppins, and her message that childlike wonder can be found in even the most challenging of times, to a whole new generation.’ He definitely seems to know what he’s talking about so we’ll leave him to it.
We have pretty high expectations for this movie but it looks like Disney’s got their best people on it. We’re just saying though, this movie had better be practically perfect in every way.
The biggest question on our minds though: will there be Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke cameos? Please!
Mary Poppins Returns is set to hit theatres Christmas 2018.