Earlier this week, Entertainment Weekly revealed a new set of images and story details from Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns. A sequel to the original 1964 classic, Mary Poppins Returns will reunite audiences with Michael Banks and Jane twenty-five years after the events of the original classic, where the titular nanny returns to help the Banks family rediscover the joy in their lives following a family tragedy. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, stars Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer, who play the older Michael and Jane, respectively, shared additional details on their characters and their roles in the long-awaited film.
With Michael’s wife having passed away suddenly, Whishaw discussed the challenges the character will be facing in the film:
“He’s struggling to cope with looking after three children on his own, so he’s trying to be very upright and English and not betray any stress or insecurity, but actually, everything is going completely wrong for him.”
Meanwhile, Jane has followed in her mothers footsteps and now works as a union organizer for a group called the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Underpaid Citizens of England. Mortimer revealed how helping her brother in his time of grief will be a challenge for Jane:
“She’s inherited the mantle of her mom, and she’s very socially conscious and wears trousers, which is quite a big thing for a 1930s girl. She lives alone in a little flat, and she’s given her life to the cause. She’s a looker-after of people, and so she’s desperately trying to cheer Michael up and get him back on track, but she’s kind of a child, too. She’s a little bit too ditzy and disorganized to be much help. She’s a very loving soul who gives herself to other people, but doesn’t think too much about herself. They’re both infantile in a way, like their parents, and in need of help themselves.”
Whishaw discussed how audiences will immediately be enamored with the Banks family and their story because of their familiarity with the original film.
“There’s something lovely about revisiting these two people that an audience has seen as children, and rediscovering them as adults with all the problems and stuff that life inevitably throws at you.”
Mortimer added her own thoughts on continuing the story of the now-adult Banks children.
“Your backstory is the first movie, in a way. I suppose I was trying to think about who would be the [children] of those two parents, who were quite dysfunctional but really sweet and sort of slightly mad. We know who Jane and Michael’s parents were, because they were living and breathing on celluloid before we were even born, just how it is in real life. And on the one hand, that might be daunting because they’re all iconic characters, but on the other hand, you feel as if you’ve lived this life. I remember these people. I recognize them. I remember Jane and Michael’s childhood almost as if it was my own. Because in some ways, it was.”
Are you excited to reunite with the Banks children? Personally, as one of many who considers the original film to be one of Disney’s greatest works, I’m excited to see if the talented cast and filmmakers behind the sequel can capture the same magic that the Mary Poppins a classic. Share your own thoughts below!
Directed by Rob Marshall, the film stars Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters with Meryl Streep and Dick Van Dyke.
Mary Poppins Returns will be released in theaters on December 25, 2018.
Source: Entertainment Weekly