Entertainment Weekly has revealed a new set of images and details from the long-awaited Mary Poppins sequel, Mary Poppins Returns.
The sequel picks up with Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) twenty-five years after the events of the original classic when Michael suffers the tragic loss of his wife, resulting in Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) returning to the Banks family to help them rediscover the joy missing in their lives. The film will be set during London’s mid-1930s economic slump, the time period of P.L. Travers’ books. Jane has also been revealed to now be a fervent union organizer.
In addition, the magazine has shed some light on Meryl Streep and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s roles in the sequel. Streep, who plays Poppins’ cousin Topsy has been described as an upside down cousin whose house is literally upside down while Miranda’s character Jack, a lamplighter who is a former apprentice of Dick Van Dyke’s Bert has been confirmed to escort Poppins on her adventure.
Director Rob Marshall also recalled Van Dyke’s time on set to the magazine in which he stated that Van Dyke said he felt like he was at home on the set of Cherry Tree Lane:
“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.’”
You can check out Blunt as Poppins on the cover of EW as well as stills from the upcoming film including a look at Whishaw, Mortimer, and Miranda, plus behind the scenes photos of Strep and Marshall and even a look at Cherry Tree Lane and some concept art in the gallery below.
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 is currently slated to theaters December 25, 2018.