The Walt Disney Studios Live-Action panel at D23 Expo today was purely a dream come true. One of those moments was when we learned more about Mary Poppins Returns, the upcoming sequel to the 1964 classic Mary Poppins. Director Rob Marshall (who also directed Into the Woods) took the stage and then introduced Emily Blunt, who plays Mary Poppins in the film. Here are a few quotes from Emily on Mary Poppins Returns:
“I think as a kid, I found that a magical mysterious person whisking into their lives and making everything right again was really comforting as a child … so I always found the film incredibly magical and wanted to be the Banks children!”
She also commented on what it’s like to take on a role that Julie Andrews played in the 1964 classic:
“I need to pay homage to what Julie did but carve our space for myself. no one is going to out julie julie andrews. we were very loyal to the books.
We then got to hear some of the original score and got to see a delightful peek of the footage of the film. It had us in tears, especially when we got a brief glimpse of Dick Van Dyke dancing on a desk! And we got to see this brand new poster:
Mary Poppins Returns is set in 1930s London, which is the time period of the original novels by P.L. Travers. The story follows Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane Banks (Emily Mortimer), who are now grown up. Michael is living with his three children (Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson) and housekeeper Ellen (Julie Walters), in the house on Cherry Tree Lane! After Michael has a personal loss, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) comes back into the lives of the Banks family. She is joined by a street lamplighter named Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), and an eccentric cousin named Topsy (Meryl Streep). And we are so excited that Dick Van Dyke will play a role in the film as Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is now run by William Weatherall Wilkins (Colin Firth).
Mary Poppins Returns will hit theaters Christmas of 2018 and we. Can’t. Wait.