Emily Mortimer has joined the cast of Disney’s upcoming Mary Poppins Returns. Mortimer will play Jane Banks, who along with her brother Michael (Ben Whishaw), was one of the children the magical titular nanny looked after in the original 1964 film, and is now an adult.
“It’s straight up a sequel,” Lin-Manuel Miranda said previously, “Michael and Jane Banks have grown up, and they find themselves in their own spot, and Mary Poppins comes back to take care of Michael’s kids. I play a lamplighter named Jack who sort of grew up apprenticing to Bert (Dick Van Dyke’s character in the 1964 film). So I know if Mary Poppins shows up, it’s gonna get awesome. I perform that function in the movie, of saying: ‘Y’all don’t know about Mary Poppins. When Mary’s around, cool sh– happens.’“
Emily Blunt will play the title role in the film, which also features Meryl Streep as Poppins’ cousin Topsy. We’ve been moaning about this film since it was originally announced- Poppins is sacred in our hearts and any attempt to redo it seems like sacrilege. However, we’ve got to admit that the casting so far ain’t that bad.
Reuniting the director and producing team behind Disney’s hit film musical Into the Woods, Mary Poppins Returns will be directed by Oscar nominee, Emmy and DGA Award winner Rob Marshall and produced by Marshall, Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee John DeLuca and Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Marc Platt. The screenplay will be written by Oscar nominee David Magee based on The Mary Poppins Stories by P.L. Travers, with Oscar nominee and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman composing an all-new score and Shaiman and Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Scott Wittman writing original songs.
Mary Poppins Returns will open in theaters on December 25, 2018.