Mary Poppins is returning to the big screen after 50 years with Mary Poppins Returns, directed by Rob Marshall (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Into The Woods). This time around, the magical nanny will be played by #EmilyBlunt. The movie is looking quite impressive so far, with a cast that also includes #MerylStreep, #LinManuelMiranda and #BenWishaw.
Unfortunately for us hungry fans, Disney has been quite secretive when it comes to story details and looks. The only thing we have from the film –– aside from a synopsis and comments from the cast –– is one picture of Blunt as the nanny. Now, however, the secrecy streak has come to an end.
Entertainment Weekly released the cover for its latest issue featuring our best look at Emily Blunt's Mary Poppins, as well as a batch of new images and a few bits of interesting information about the story. Take a look:
Mary Poppins Is About To Help The Banks Family Once Again
Yeah, that's without a doubt Mary Poppins. In the original film, #JulieAndrews had a big presence and a kind nature that helped us fall in love with the character. With just one picture, it's evident Blunt will have no trouble conveying those same traits.
In case you're curious to know what the movie will be about, the story is set in 1930 and will once again center around the Banks family. Twenty-five years after his magical adventure, Michael Banks (Ben Wishaw) –– now a banker and artist –– lives with his wife and three children on Number 17, Cherry Tree Lane. Unfortunately, Michael's wife passes away, and he and his family fall into a deep depression.
Despite efforts from his sister Jane (#EmilyMortimer) and their loyal housemaid Ellen (#JulieWalters), the quartet can't find happiness — and to make matters worse, they're facing financial issues. Fortunately, they've got Mary Poppins on the case.
In true Mary Poppins fashion, she'll take Banks family on wild adventures that include traveling to the top of Big Ben, and swimming at the bottom of the ocean. All that sounds quite exciting, but here's the interesting part: According to EW, the magical dancing penguins will return.
Going Back To Mary Poppins' Roots
While this is a sequel for a new audience, the creative minds behind it are trying to stay as faithful as possible to its predecessor. Speaking to EW, Rob Marshall said he –– as well as the film's entire team –– feels a lot of responsibility with bringing the elements that made Mary Poppins such a timeless character:
“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.”
It looks like the efforts to make the movie pay homage to its predecessor are paying off, because the film has Dick Van Dyke's seal of approval. Dyke is doing a cameo for the sequel, and Marshall revealed that the actor felt the same vibe in the set of the sequel as he felt during the original adventure:
“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. He was right here on Cherry Tree Lane and he said, ‘I feel like I’m home.’”
If you're wondering about what role Dyke will have, EW confirmed that the actor –– while having a top secret cameo –– is not reprising the role of Bert, so it will be interesting to see what he'll be doing.
While we're still a year and a half away from the film's release, it looks like the wait will be worthwhile. Mary Poppins flies back into theaters on December 25, 2018.
What do you think about our new look at Mary Poppins Returns? Let me know in the comments!