Colin Firth Joins Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Colin Firth Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns just got even more British. Colin Firth has signed on for the Disney sequel, joining Emily Blunt as the practically perfect nanny and Lin-Manuel Miranda as her lamplighter buddy Jack. Also starring are Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, and Emily Mortimer. Find out which character Firth is playing below.  Read More »

Emily Mortimer Mary Poppins Returns

Who knew the Banks kids from the original Mary Poppins would turn out so well? Emily Mortimer has just been cast in Mary Poppins Returns as the grown-up Jane Banks, joining Ben Whishaw as her brother Michael Banks. The Disney sequel stars Emily Blunt as the ageless magical nanny, Lin-Manuel Miranda as her buddy, and Meryl Streep as her cousin.  Read More »

Mary Poppins Returns details

When it was announced that Chicago director Rob Marshall would be helming a reboot of Mary Poppins, I wasn’t interested. Don’t get me wrong; I like the original Walt Disney adaptation quite a bit, but for me what makes the film is the music by the Sherman Brothers. And I was very skeptical that they would be able to recapture that magic, even with the pitch perfect casting of Emily Blunt as the titular hero.

But when it was revealed that Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda would be co-starring in a role similar to the one Dick Van Dyke played in the original, I finally got invested. If Lin-Manuel Miranda would be providing his songwriting skills for this Mary Poppins sequel, it could end up being something special.

And now Miranda is finally talking about the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel Mary Poppins Returns, giving us a little tease as to what we might expect. Hit the just to learn some new Mary Poppins Returns details.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Hostel director Eli Roth lends his talents to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Visitors to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will get a Zootopia exclusive.
  • Disneyland is getting a villain and ghost-themed Halloween parade.
  • The dance troupe Jabbawockeez returns to Halloween Horror Nights.
  • California Adventure’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is getting a temporary seasonal re-do.
  • Legendary Imagineer Tony Baxter shares an early design for a Mary Poppins ride.
  • A look at new decorations popping up for Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Early footage of the under-construction Star Trek: Operation Enterprise.
  • Check out the full map for Universal Studios Florida’s Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Go behind-the-scenes of the latest Frozen stage show.
  • And more!

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Earlier this year Disney staked out three more release dates for its live-action fairy tale series, and now we know what one of them will be. The studio has announced that Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to its 1964 classic Mary Poppins, will arrive December 25, 2018. As previously reported, Emily Blunt takes over the role of the practically perfect British nanny, while Hamilton superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda stars as a new character named Jack.

Along with that release date comes many new details about the story, so keep reading for all the latest on Mary Poppins ReturnsRead More »

Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton

Disney’s Mary Poppins sequel seems like kind of a tough sell. How many people have really been clamoring for a new take on that childhood classic? But its cast, at least, is unimpeachable. Emily Blunt is in the title role, and now Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda is looking to star alongside her as the Bert equivalent.  Read More »

Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins

UPDATE: After many months of rumors, Variety has finally confirmed that Emily Blunt is in talks for Mary Poppins. Original story from September 17, 2015 follows.

Disney has already invested in Emily Blunt with a small role as Miss Piggy’s assistant in The Muppets and one of the lead roles in the Broadway musical adaptation of Into the Woods. Recently there have been rumblings that Blunt is under consideration for Captain Marvel along with Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation star Rebecca Ferguson, but the actress had an interesting theory as to why those rumors keep circling.

And now Disney has another role for which they think the star of Edge of Tomorrow and this weekend’s Sicario would be perfect: Mary Poppins. That’s right, according to a new rumor, the House of Mouse wants Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in the recently announced musical sequel set in Depression-era London, about 20 years after the original. Read More »


If you’re in the market for some last-minute Christmas presents for that cinephile in your life who puts up artwork on the walls to show love for their favorite films, we have good news and bad news. The good news is that Hero Complex Gallery has some new prints for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mad Max: Fury Road and Mary Poppins. The bad news is that some of them are already sold out. But them still look fantastic, so they’re worth checking out. Read More »

mary poppins sequel

A new Mary Poppins is coming from Disney, that much we know. But exactly what kind of a new Mary Poppins are we talking? Is it a remake? A sequel? A reimagining from a different perspective? One of those weird reboot-quel hybrids that spends the running time of an entire feature film explaining that technically, this reboot is actually a sequel? (Yes, Terminator: GenisysX-Men: Days of Future Past, I’m talking about you.)

Based on director Rob Marshall‘s comments, the answer appears to be “none of the above.” It’s definitely not a remake, but it’s not quite a sequel; either, instead, it’s what he calls an “extension.” Read his Mary Poppins remake comments after the jump.  Read More »

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Disney’s apparent quest to update every single movie in its catalog continues unabated. The next classic in its sights is Mary Poppins, as Rob Marshall has signed on to direct a new live-action musical based on P.L. Travers‘ books. (The struggle to get the rights of which were chronicled in another recent Disney movie, Saving Mr. Banks.) More details on the new Mary Poppins sequel after the jump.  Read More »