Today serves as a reminder that Disney is in the very big business of rebooting their classic titles. The reviews for the live-action “Beauty And The Beast” have landed (here’s ours), and the mouse house is also revitalizing “Mary Poppins” for a new generation.
The first look at Emily Blunt in “Mary Poppins Returns” has been revealed, and it’s pretty coy, since we don’t see her face. But the film is stacked with talent, with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep all players in the ensemble. Here’s the official synopsis:
The film 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, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (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 (Streep).
Directed by Rob Marshall, “Mary Poppins Returns” opens on December 25, 2018.