In the new video from Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns the film’s star, Emily Blunt, recalls receiving a message from director Rob Marshall to call him. “He pitched me the idea of doing a sequel to Mary Poppins and he wanted to do it with me, so I was blown away by the whole idea of it,” explains Blunt.
Rob Marshall admits to being a long-time fan of the original film and at first feeling a little anxious about taking on a sequel. “But, then you realize that there were eight books all together,” says Marshall. “There was a real sense that there’s so much more story to be told.”
In addition to Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, the sequel’s cast includes Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack, Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks, and Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks. Julie Walters plays Ellen, Colin Firth is William Weatherall, Meryl Streep is Topsy, and Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson are the Banks’ children.
The original film’s stars, Angela Lansbury and Dick Van Dyke, return to the world created by PL Travers. Angela Lansbury is playing the Balloon Lady and Dick Van Dyke is the retired chairman of the bank, Mr. Dawes, Jr.
David Magee wrote the screenplay and Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, and Marc Platt served as producers. Callum McDougall executive produced. The sequel features original music written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
The Mary Poppins Returns Plot:
In Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.