Oscar winning actress Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins herself, has finally offered up her opinion on Emily Blunt picking up the umbrella as the magical nanny in Mary Poppins Returns.
The sequel in production follows Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) now grown up when Michael suffers a tragic loss resulting in Mary Poppins returning to the Banks family to help them rediscover the joy missing in their lives.
While promoting her new Netflix series Julie’s Greenroom, Andrews opened up to Entertainment tonight on how perfect of choice Blunt is for the role:
“Emily Blunt is going to play Mary Poppins and I am a great fan. I think she is terrific and a perfect pick.”
Andrews also seemed to leave the door open when she was asked whether or not she would appear in the new film telling ET, “I don’t think I’m involved in it.”
Directed by Rob Marshall(Chicago), the film stars Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters with Meryl Streep and Dick Van Dyke. Here’s the official synopsis:
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).
Mary Poppins Returns hits theaters December 25, 2018.
The Walt Disney Animation Library, Ranked From Worst To Best
Disney had made an unconventional “franchise” out of remaking its animated classics as live-action blockbusters. Combined with their Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars stables, it has ensured the company’s continued domination in the film sphere. Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book were at the forefront of that charge the last few years. Now, with Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters (our review here), now is a great time to look back at Disney’s amazing animated catalog and how they stack up against each other.
Disney has had a lot of animated films released theatrically or direct-to-video, sometimes in collaboration with other studios. This list specifically focuses on those from the Walt Disney Animation department, so sorry Brave Little Toaster fans, of which I’m one. No Pixar flicks either, but fans of that studio are in luck, as we ranked their films last summer. You can check that list out below.
I haven’t seen Saludos Amigos, Make Music Mine, Song of the South, Melody Time, Fun and Fancy Free, & The Three Caballeros, hence their exclusion. Naturally, we’ll most likely disagree about the specific ordering. Let’s think of it as a conversation starter. I’d love to hear what you guys think in the comments!
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