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Back in August, Disney revealed that the studio is teaming up with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken, who are set to write new music for the studio's The Little Mermaid remake. We haven't heard any more on the remake since then, including who will be cast, or who will serve as writer or director on this coveted project. Today we have word that actress Lindsay Lohan may be throwing her hat in the ring for the Ariel role, after a new post on Instagram this weekend.
While Lindsay Lohan doesn't specifically state that she wants the Ariel role, she posted a side-by-side picture of herself with red hair, and the redhaired animated version of Ariel. She didn't state anything else on Instagram, only using the hashtag #TheLittleMermaid. It isn't known if the script is even ready or if the studio is ready to start the auditioning process, but we don't »
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 (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, »
- Paul Heath
Lansbury, who has previously worked with Disney on Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Beauty and the Beast, is set to portray the Balloon Lady, a character “who wreaks helium havoc in the park during one of Mary Poppins’ outing with the Banks children.” The character was first introduced as the Balloon Woman in the second book of author P.L. Travers’ book series, Mary Poppins Comes Back.
Mary Poppins Returns is being directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) and sees Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train) taking on the title role alongside Ben Whishaw (Spectre), Emily Mortimer (Hugo), Julie Walters (Harry Potter), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), Pixie Davies (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Nathanael Saleh (Game of Thrones), Angela Lansbury (Murder, »
- Gary Collinson
The Mary Poppins sequel just added some Hollywood legend star power.
Original castmember Dick Van Dyke will also be in the film, which is set in 1930s London, the movie will draw from the wealth of material in author P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins series of books, which is where Lansbury comes in.
The 91-year-old actress will play the "Balloon Lady" in the movie, a beloved character from Travers' stories.
Filming for the movie is underway now, but we'll have time to take many spoonfuls of sugar while we wait for it to come out.
More: Emily Blunt and 'Hamilton' Superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda to Headline 'Mary Poppins' Sequel
Mary Poppins Returns is set »
Ensuring that no corner of its upcoming Mary Poppins Returns is devoid of whimsical old-school Britishness, Disney has announced that Angela Lansbury has been cast in the Emily Blunt-starring sequel. Lansbury—whose past Disney collaborations include Bedknobs And Broomsticks and Beauty And The Beast—will play the Balloon Lady, a beloved character from P.L. Travers’ original Mary Poppins books.
Lansbury joins a cast that includes Blunt as the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious nanny herself, along with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, and a small appearance from the original films’ Dick Van Dyke. Set in Depression-era London, the film sees Poppins return to once again inject some joy into the lives of a now-adult Jane and Michael Banks, and is set for a Christmas 2018 release.
- William Hughes
Moana composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose tune “How Far I’ll Go” is nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song, still remembers the day he learned he had been hired to write the music for Disney’s latest animated movie.
The 37-year-old had grown up a self-professed Disney superfan — transfixed, among other things, by Alan Menken‘s scores to movies like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. To be joining the Disney canon of composers alongside Menken, Stephen Schwartz (Hunchback of Notre Dame), Elton John (The Lion King) and more felt like a life-altering step; a dream »
- Dave Quinn
17 February 2017 1:03 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Angela Lansbury, a veteran of Disney musicals both live-action (Bedknobs and Broomsticks) and animated (Beauty and the Beast), has joined the cast of Mary Poppins Returns, the currently filming sequel to 1964’s Mary Poppins, in which she’ll be featured as the Balloon Lady, a character who appeared in Pl Travers’ series of Mary Poppins children’s books.
The new film, scheduled for release by Disney on Dec. 25, is directed and produced by Rob Marshall and stars Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. The film introduces three new Banks children, »
- Gregg Kilday
Angela Lansbury has joined the cast of Mary Poppins Returns, the all-new sequel to Disney’s 1964 film “Mary Poppins” currently filming at Shepperton Studios. She will feature as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from Pl Travers’ series of Mary Poppins children’s books. The film is scheduled for release December 25, 2018.
A five-time Tony Award winner and the recipient of an honorary Academy Award, three Academy Award nominations and bestowed with numerous other accolades, Angela Lansbury’s career encompasses more than 70 years. She is a beloved member of the Disney family and starred in “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” and voiced Mrs. Potts in the animated classic “Beauty and the Beast.”
Her roles in film, television and theater range from “Gaslight,” “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Death on the Nile” to “Murder, She Wrote,” “Mame,” “Blithe Spirit,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “Gypsy.”
- Melissa Thompson
Disney is in the process of making a sequel to Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns, and a few of the film's biggest stars have already been announced. Into the Woods director Rob Marshall will take charge of the new story, which sees Mary Poppins traveling to Depression-era London to help a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, as well as Michael's children, who desperately need her after they suffer a personal tragedy. Between Mary's magical skills and her new friend Jack, the Bankses will once again find happiness in their lives. Sounds pretty great, right? The movie doesn't come out until Dec. 25, 2018, so in the meantime, check out everyone who's been cast so far. Related:It's a Jolly Holiday, Because We Finally Have More Details About Mary Poppins Returns »
- Quinn Keaney
The movie is currently filming at Shepperton Studios in London. Lansbury will portray the Balloon Lady, a character from P.L. Travers’ series of Mary Poppins children’s books. The film is scheduled for release Dec. 25, 2018.
Lansbury is a five-time Tony Award winner and has earned three Academy Award nominations. She’s starred in “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” and voiced Mrs. Potts in the animated “Beauty and the Beast.” Her notable roles include “Gaslight,” “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” “The Manchurian Candidate,” “Death on the Nile” and the TV series “Murder, She Wrote.” She has also appeared in “Mame,” “Blithe Spirit,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “Gypsy.”
- Dave McNary
Angela Lansbury has joined the cast of Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep. It is directed and produced by Rob Marshall and will be set in the 1930’s Depression-era London. Michael and Jane are now grown up. Michael (Ben Whishaw) lives with his three children and their housekeeper, but when he suffers a personal loss, enigmatic Nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters their lives. The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca (“Chicago”) and Marc Platt (“La La Land”). The screenplay is by David Magee (“Life of Pi”) based on the “Mary Poppins” stories by P. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
They know it's coming, we know it's coming, so what, exactly, is the deal with a movie based on the hit Broadway musical Hamilton? Will we have to wait days, months or years before it arrives? That's a question we're all wondering right now as the show begins to tour, and its creator (and original star) Lin-Manuel Miranda begins dabbling in other projects, like writing the music for Disney's Moana and also costarring in Disney's Mary Poppins sequel. But he's still...
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They know it's coming, we know it's coming, so what, exactly, is the deal with a movie based on the hit Broadway musical Hamilton? Will we have to wait days, months or years before it arrives? That's a question we're all wondering right now as the show begins to tour, and its creator (and original star) Lin-Manuel Miranda begins dabbling in other projects, like writing the music for Disney's Moana and also costarring in Disney's Mary Poppins sequel. But he's still heavily involved in Hamilton, and just recently revealed he won't be done with it anytime soon. While appearing on THR's Awards Chatter podcast, Miranda admits the Hamilton movie will happen, saying "Yes! Who knows when? I don’t think I’m done with that role, by any...
- Erik Davis
The Founder review
Michael Keaton probably deserves more in terms of awards recognition for his work on this new film documenting the early days of fast food giant McDonald’s.
In The Founder, Keaton plays the character of the title Ray Kroc, an Illinois product salesman from middle America who we find attempting to sell milk shake makers to whoever shows the tiniest prospect of purchasing one. One of those business who sure could use one is the Mac and Dick McDonald, owners of a small, independent food restaurant in Southern California in the 1950s. When the two owners show interest in buying at least a few of the new machines, Kroc decides to visit their restaurant in person »
- Paul Heath
We’ve just received an official release from Disney that shooting has officially started on Mary Poppins Returns, the long-awaited sequel to the original classic.
Production has commenced at Shepperton Studios just outside of London. The film, which stars Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda and is directed and produced by Oscar® nominee, Emmy® and DGA Award winner Rob Marshall, is scheduled for release in December 2018.
The film also stars: Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. In addition, Dick Van Dyke plays Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is now run by William Weatherall Wilkins (Firth).
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 (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, »
- Paul Heath
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- NATHANIEL R
Disney is continuing to dig around in their vault for new movies inspired by their old movies with Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to the 1964 live-action musical classic Mary Poppins that will have Emily Blunt stepping up to play the titular nanny instead of Julie Andrews. The film won’t arrive until Christmas Day in […]
The post ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Has Started Production, Official Synopsis and Full Cast Released appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
In Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke espouses the virtues of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank in song as the grizzled Mr. Dawes Sr. Well, Disney confirmed in a press release today that he’ll appear in the sequel, which is currently in production, as that character’s offspring Mr. Dawes Jr. Van Dyke—who, of course, also played the cheery chimney sweep Bert in the film—teased this back in December, joking to Entertainment Tonight: “This time there’s no four hours in the makeup chair, I grew into the part!” Another person, Arthur Malet, actually portrayed Dawes Jr. in the original, so Van Dyke is assuming his role—unless there are two men named Dawes Jr. in the extended Poppins universe.
- Esther Zuckerman
The film, which stars Emily Blunt (“The Girl on the Train,” “Into the Woods”) and Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”) and is directed and produced by Oscar nominee, Emmy and DGA Award winner Rob Marshall (“Into the Woods,” “Chicago”), is scheduled for release December 25, 2018.
In addition, Dick Van Dyke plays Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is now run by William Weatherall Wilkins (Firth).
- Melissa Thompson
Disney has some incredible reboots in store, but one of the most highly anticipated has to be the upcoming sequel to Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns. While nothing can top the original, the film certainly has some incredible stars lined up, including cameos from the original cast! Not to mention, the production team certainly knows a thing or two about musical adaptations. Get all the details about the movie, as well as the release date, here. The Cast Emily Blunt will take on the coveted role of Mary Poppins, and Lin-Manuel Miranda will play a lamplighter named Jack. The film also stars Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, and Julie Walters. Dick Van Dyke (who played Bert in the original movie) will also make a special appearance as Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson will play the three new Banks children. »
- Kelsie Gibson
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