Walt Disney Pictures have just released out first look at Emily Blunt (Edge Of Tomorrow) as Mary Poppins in Rob Marshall's (Into The Woods) Mary Poppins Returns via Entertainment Weekly.
Filming has been underway for a while in London on Mary Poppins Returns the follow-up to the 1964 Walt Disney Pictures original based on P.L. Travers' books.
David Magee (Life Of Pi) has written the script, which draws on material from Travers' other Poppins novels. Set roughly 20 years after the first film, the story this time finds the Mary headed back to the Banks family in Depression-era London to find that her charges Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael (Ben Whishaw) Banks have now grown up. Michael has three children of his own, and they all need a little help re-discovering the joy in life after a personal loss.
Poppins will need the help of street lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) and cousin Topsy (Meryl Streep). Colin Firth (The King's Speech), Angela Lansbury (Nanny McPhee), Julie Walters (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1) and in a nice call back, Dick Van Dyke are all in the cast. The picture shows Blunt's take on Mary (originally played by Julie Andrews) arriving at the Banks' old street. And while it is tough to see her completely, she certainly seems to look the part, even given the new styling for her famous bag.
Into The Woods' (2014) Rob Marshall is in the director's chair, with Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Into The Woods) on song and score duties. Mary Poppins Returns has its eye on a 25 December 2018 release in the US.