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According to Variety, Colin Firth has joined the cast of Mary Poppins Returns, the upcoming Emily Blunt-starring sequel to the original Julie Andrews film—or at least the P.L. Travers book that the original film was based on. The decision to cast Firth probably came after some Disney executive looked over the cast list and wondered where Colin Firth was. “You’ve got Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, and Meryl Streep,” this imaginary person said, “But where’s the cranky-yet-charming Englishman played with typical aplomb by Colin Firth? You can’t have a movie about British people without Mr. Darcy!”
At that point, Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall sheepishly hung his head and tried to come up with a character—any character—that could be played Firth. “Oh yeah,” he perks up. “Colin Firth is playing William Weatherall Wilkins, the president of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. That »
- Sam Barsanti
Variety has the scoop, revealing the British thesp is in line to land the role of William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. On board to craft what Disney hopes to be a super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious screenplay is David Magee, with Marc Platt and John DeLuca attached to produce.
Meanwhile, Sicario star Emily Blunt will takes point as the magical caretaker, headlining a story that “will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins (Blunt) following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack (Miranda), she helps the family rediscover the joy »
- Michael Briers
Firth will play William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank.
The movie is set 25 years after the original. Michael and Jane Banks (Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer) are all grown up and suddenly get a visit from the magical nanny.
The movie also stars Meryl Streep as Poppins’ cousin. Blunt will be playing the title character, with “Hamilton” star Miranda portraying a street lamplighter named Jack.
The screenplay will be written by Oscar nominee David Magee based on “The Mary Poppins Stories” by P.L. Travers. Marc Shaiman is composing an all-new score and Scott Wittman will be writing original songs.
“Mary Poppins Returns” will hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2018.
Firth has had a busy year »
- Justin Kroll
There has been talk of a sequel to the classic 1964 Disney film Mary Poppins for years – not least because that original film is loosely based upon a series of books by P.L. Travers, and there is much more to be mined from that source material. It will not be until December 25th 2018 that it finally arrives on cinema screens, however, as Mary Poppins Returns.
The musical will be directed by Rob Marshall (Into The Woods), from a script by David Magee (Life Of Pi), with original music by Scott Wittman (Hairspray). Set two decades after the events of the first film, Mary Poppins Returns takes place in depression-era London, with siblings Jane and Michael Banks (young children in the first film) struggling in their adult lives – and needing the help of their one-time magical nanny. Emily Blunt stars as Mary Poppins, with Meryl Streep appearing as her cousin, and Lin Manuel-Miranda playing streetlamp lighter, »
- Sarah Myles
Mortimer will play Jane Banks, who along with her brother Michael (who will be played by Ben Whishaw in the pic), was one of the children the magical titular nanny looked after in the original 1964 film, and is now all-grown-up in this installment. The movie is set 25 years after the original.
The screenplay will be written by Oscar nominee David Magee and is based on “The Mary Poppins Stories” by P.L. Travers, with Marc Shaiman composing an all-new score. Scott Wittman will be writing original songs.
- Justin Kroll
The original 1964 Mary Poppins is perhaps Disney's most iconic and beloved live-action classic. So casting someone new to play the magical nanny after all these years was certainly a daunting task for the studio. They eventually landed on Emily Blunt. She will assume the role made famous by Julie Andrews, who is a legend herself. So, how does Andrews feel about the choice that was made?
Emily Blunt hasn't gotten a chance to speak with Julie Andrews in person yet. But director Rob Marshall, who is taking on Mary Poppins Returns after directing the fantasy musical Into the Woods and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides for Disney, had a chance encounter with Julie. Blunt recalls how this went down to Entertainment Weekly.
It's been over fifty years since Disney's timeless classic Mary Poppins first hit theater screens way back in 1964. But that isn't stopping the studio from creating what could be a very magical sequel all these years later. Though Emily Blunt will take over the iconic role of the magical nanny in Mary Poppins Returns, the original Mary is reportedly returning along with her better half.
Yes, that's right! Apparently Disney is set on reuniting original stars Julie Andrews, who played the title character, and Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert, the always chipper chimney sweep, in this rollicking musical follow-up. Rob Marshall is already set to direct the sequel, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is co-starring in the movie after a powerful and very lucrative turn on Broadway in his award-winning Hamilton stage play.
After months of speculation, Disney confirmed in May that Emily Blunt and Hamilton creator/star Lin Manuel-Miranda have signed on to star in Disney's Mary Poppins Returns. The casting reunited Emily Blunt with her Into the Woods director Rob Marshall, and now it seems that another star from that musical has come aboard for this project. Oscar winner Meryl Streep is in talks to join the cast as Topsy, Mary Poppins' cousin.
Variety reports that Meryl Streep will be singing once again in this movie, much like her role as The Witch in Disney's Into the Woods, which landed the actress her record-breaking 19th Oscar nomination. Topsy is said to be a supporting role, and a character that wasn't featured in the original Mary Poppins movie that debuted in 1964. Topsy does appear in author P.L. Travers' subsequent books.
Disney’s upcoming Mary Poppins sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, is shaping up to be an Into the Woods reunion, as Oscar winner Meryl Streep is in talks to join actress Emily Blunt, producers Marc Platt and John DeLuca, and director Rob Marshall on the film.
Variety first reported the news and claims that Streep will be playing Topsy, a cousin to Blunt’s Poppins who wasn’t in 1964’s Mary Poppins. A version of the character did, however, pop up in 1935’s book Mary Poppins Comes Back, as a maid named Topsy Turvey. Similar to her work in Into the Woods and Mamma Mia, the part will require Streep to do some singing, a talent she has been more than capable of lending in the past.
Hamilton superstar and recent Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda has already signed on to play Jack, a role that will surely jump start his film career »
- Justin Cook
Like it or lump it, cinema’s most endearing nanny is set for a return in the latter stages of 2018, and though that release date for Mary Poppins Returns is still a ways away, that hasn’t prevented Disney from scooping up top-tier talent.
Chief among them is Edge of Tomorrow and Sicario actress Emily Blunt, who is on board to headline the long-rumored sequel as the magical caretaker opposite Broadway stalwart Lin-Manuel Miranda. With Rob Marshall already behind the lens, Variety has now reveals that the illustrious Meryl Streep is all but set to reteam with her Into the Woods director pending final negotiations.
In line to play the role of Poppins’ cousin, Topsy, Streep’s character wasn’t actually a part of Disney’s 1964 classic, though did feature fairly prominent throughout P.L. Travers’ novel series. That’s pretty reassuring, too, in the sense that Marshall and Co. are »
- Michael Briers
The story will take place in Depression-era London and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
- Garth Franklin
Variety reports that Academy Award winner Meryl Streep is in negotiations to join Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel-Miranda in Disney's Mary Poppins Returns. The film would reunite Streep with director Rob Marshall and producers Marc Platt and John DeLuca, who previously collaborated Disney's musical adaptation of Into The Woods. Mary Poppins Returns would also be the third film Blunt and Streep starred opposite each other after appearing together in The Devil Wears Prada" and "Into The Woods.
Screenwriter David Magee wrote the screenplay based on the children novels by P.L. Travers. Songwriter Marc Shaiman is composing a brand new material for the film and is also writing the songs with Scott Wittman.
The film and story will take place in a Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. »
- Kellvin Chavez
From boss to cousin: Meryl Streep may reunite with her Devil Wears Prada co-star Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns. Streep is in talks to join the sequel, Variety reports. She’d play Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy, a character who who wasn’t in the original 1964 film. The new film takes place in Depression-era London, where a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks and Michael’s children are visited by Mary Poppins and her friend Jack (played by Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda). The project would bring Streep back together with Disney Studios, Blunt, and director Rob Marshall — all were part of 2014’s Into the Woods, which earned Streep her 19th (!!) Oscar nomination. It’s worth noting Streep’s had an interesting history with Disney and Mary Poppins. She memorably bashed Walt Disney (the man, not the company) in a speech at the 2014 National Board of Review awards gala. There was a »
- Emily Rome
We’ve known for a good while that Walt Disney Pictures has a Mary Poppins sequel in the works, and now the studio has made it official, announcing that Mary Poppins Returns is set for release on Christmas Day 2018.
The film will reunite director Rob Marshall with his Into the Woods star Emily Blunt, who is stepping into the shoes of Julie Andrews in the role of the magical nanny, while Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda is set to play a new character, a street lamplighter called Jack.
Mary Poppins Returns has been penned by David Magee (Finding Neverland) and is based upon The Mary Poppins Stories by P.L. Travers. Plot details are being kept under wraps but it has been said that the sequel will take place in Depression-era London some twenty years after the original.
- Gary Collinson
A Mary Poppins sequel is now officially on the cards after Walt Disney Pictures have set a release date. The film will be released in U.S. cinemas on Christmas Day 2018, with Emily Blunt in the lead role, taking over from Julie Andrews, who immortalised the P.L. Travers character in the classic movie from the 1960s.
Also joining the cast of the Rob Marshall directed movie is Lin-Manual Miranda (Hamilton), who is earmarked for an unnamed role. Shooting is expected to begin on Mary Poppins 2, or whatever they decide to call it (we’re hearing Mary Poppins Returns as one option), next year.
The post Mary Poppins sequel now official as Disney sets release date appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
Golden Globe Award® winner Emily Blunt (“Into the Woods,” the upcoming “Girl on the Train”) and Emmy®, Grammy®, Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “In the Heights”) are set to star in Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to the studio’s 1964 classic, Mary Poppins, which will be released on December 25, 2018.
Reuniting the director and producing team behind Disney’s hit film musical Into The Woods, the film will be directed by Oscar® nominee, Emmy® and DGA Award winner Rob Marshall and produced by Marshall, Emmy winner and Golden Globe® nominee John DeLuca and Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award® nominee and Golden Globe winner Marc Platt. The screenplay will be written by Oscar nominee David Magee based on The Mary Poppins Stories by P.L. Travers, with Oscar nominee and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman composing an all-new score and Shaiman and Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Scott Wittman writing original songs. »
- Michelle McCue
Golden Globe Award winner Emily Blunt and Emmy, Grammy, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda are set to star in the film which will be directed by Rob Marshall ("Into the Woods") and produced by Marshall, John DeLuca and Marc Platt.
Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins, Miranda will play a street lamplighter named Jack. The story will take place in Depression-era London and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks who, along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss.
Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Oscar nominee David Magee will pen the »
- Garth Franklin
Now that he has utterly and completely conquered Broadway, it’ll be interesting to see how Hollywood handles Lin-Manuel Miranda. It’s clear that he’s already been embraced by the creative community. He and Jj Abrams had a lot of fun creating that cantina song for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and had apparently even more fun performing the song live for crowds waiting for the daily Hamilton ticket lottery. He’s working on songs for Moana, the Polynesian-themed Disney musical that will feature Dwayne Johnson singing. His long-rumored connection to the Mary Poppins sequel has finally been verified by an official press release from Disney. While I consider Mary Poppins one of the crown jewels of Disney’s entire filmography, I am not instantly opposed to a sequel. It’s clear now that they are not remaking the original, and considering how much other material P.L. Travers wrote »
- Drew McWeeny
Mary Poppins Returns will open wide in North America on December 25, 2018. The date stays the same but the film had been listed previously as Untitled Disney Live Action.
Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. David Magee will write the screenplay based on The Mary Poppins Stories by P.L. Travers and the film will take place in 1930s London as the titular nanny visits a grown-up Jane and Michael Banks and Michael’s three children following a personal loss and helps them rediscover happiness.
Marc Shaiman is on board »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Walt Disney Studios announced today that Into The Woods star Emily Blunt would be taking over the part of the P.L. Travers-created nanny in a sequel to the 1964 classic, with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda joining as a new character, Jack, the street lamplighter.
The film, entitled Mary Poppins Returns, will be drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
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- Kellvin Chavez
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