Mary Poppins is widely acknowledged as a classic, and rightly so. It was nominated for 13 Oscars and won five of them, including a Best Actress trophy for its legendary star, Julie Andrews. Now, 54 years later, Disney is continuing the story with a new movie, Mary Poppins Returns. It’s had some people scratching their heads, wondering why a movie like Mary Poppins would ever need a sequel. But Emily Blunt, who was given the daunting task of taking the role Andrews played to perfection, says the reason is simple: There’s more we can learn from Mary and the Banks family. (Click on the media bar below to hear Emily Blunt)
Mary Poppins Returns opens in theaters on December 19.
Mary Poppins was released in 1964, so the wait for a sequel has been a long time coming. The teaser trailer to Mary Poppins Returns, featuring Emily Bluntas the titular character, has debuted and while Poppins doesn’t make an appearance towards the end of the 95 second clip, it is still a must see video.
For one, we get to see Hamilton’sLin-Manuel Miranda navigate a kite and Mr. Banks (Ben Whishaw) softly exclaim “Mary Poppins, it is wonderful to see you.” Blunt immediately replies to the couple (Emily Mortimer plays Mrs. Banks) “Yes it is, isn’t it?” while looking at herself in the mirror.
It will be hard to match Julie Andrews’ iconic performance as Mary Poppins, but Blunt is more than capable of putting her own spin to the character. Co-starring Dick Van Dyke and Meryl Streep, Mary Poppins Returns is set for a Christmas release. Check out the teaser trailer and tell us what you think!
It’s been over five decades since Julie Andrews graced the big screen as Mary Poppins, a classic which garnered her an Academy Award for Best Actress. Since the film’s release back in 1964 there have been numerous rumors of a sequel in the works. All those rumors have been put to rest as Walt Disney Pictures has officially announced Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel set to be released December 25, 2018. Emily Blunt will play the iconic role of Mary Poppins with Rob Marshall, who directed the Oscar winning musical Chicago, behind the camera.
After the initial release of Mary Poppins, the studio was pushing for a sequel with Julie Andrews reprising the role. A few years ago, we spoke to Dame Andrews who told us the studio decided it wouldn’t be a good idea, and she agreed with their final verdict.
While we very much like Emily Blunt who seems to be a great fit to reprise Mary Poppins, is it a good idea to make a sequel to the iconic film? You be the judge give us your thoughts!
The iconic Walt Disney musical Mary Poppins opened in theatres August 27, 1964. The filmed turned Dame Julie Andrews into one of the most beloved movie stars to ever grace the silver screen. The film won five Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Andrews.
We had the honor to speak to the stage/screen legend over the years and she reflected on the night she won the coveted Oscar. It was definitely a night of surprises for Andrews, who was a fan of fellow nominee Anne Bancroft. (Click on the media bar below to hear Julie Andrews)
Many would be surprised to find out that there was talk of a sequel to Mary Poppins! Andrews wasn’t against the idea, but ultimately the studio decided it wouldn’t be a good idea, and Dame Andrews agrees with their final verdict. (Click on the media bar below to hear Julie Andrews)
Finally arriving in select theaters today, the long awaited SAVING MR. BANKS is a truly engaging behind-the-scenes show biz story detailing how WALT DISNEY acquired the film rights to P.L. TRAVERS’ beloved children’s story MARY POPPINS. TOM HANKS and EMMA THOMPSON do an excellent job of capturing the essence of DISNEY and TRAVERS as they play tug-of-war over how the illustrious nanny should be taken to the screen.
During a recent press conference at the world famous Beverly Hills Hotel (a prominently featured location in the film), HANKS talked about taking on the role of the legendary entertainer
SAVING MR. BANKS opens in limited release today and goes wide 12/20