Mary Poppins Returns motion poster

Emily Blunt – she’s the new Mary Poppins, ya’ll. If anyone could capture that character’s sense of joy and kindness, it’s Blunt. Director Rob Marshall and Disney hired a remarkable actress to play a remarkable character. During D23, footage was screened for an audience of Disney fanatics and the crowd liked what they saw of the film, especially Blunt. Our editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta said the footage was “lovely, delightful, full of fun, wonder, and magic.”

Below, you can see Blunt as Poppins in the Marry Poppins Returns motion poster.

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Mary Poppins Returns Julie Andrews

It’s been a good week for fans anxiously awaiting any snippet of information they could find about Walt Disney Pictures’ Mary Poppins Returns. The studio released a batch of new photos from the movie showing off Emily Blunt as the new (and perfectly cast) Ms. Poppins, as well as our first look at the rest of the cast, which includes Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, and more.

But there’s some bad news for those hoping the new movie would feature the best part of the original. Now we know that Julie Andrews, the woman who made P.L. Travers’ beloved nanny a cinematic icon, won’t be appearing in the new movie.
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Mary Poppins Returns images

Making a sequel to Mary Poppins over 50 years after the original film charmed audiences all over the world and quickly established itself as an instant classic that maintains all of its magic and charm in 2017 sounds like a terrible idea on paper…but it’s hard not to be completely won over by the thought of Emily Blunt stepping in for the great Julie Andrews and Hamilton maestro Lin-Manuel Miranda lending his talents as her co-star.

And now, a bunch of new photos from Mary Poppins Returns have debuted online, offering our first good look at Rob Marshall‘s upcoming musical.

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Mary Poppins Returns Synopsis

Disney is continuing to dig around in their vault for new movies inspired by their old movies with Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to the 1964 live-action musical classic Mary Poppins that will have Emily Blunt stepping up to play the titular nanny instead of Julie Andrews. The film won’t arrive until Christmas Day in 2018, but production has already begun at Shepperton Studios in Shepperton, Surrey, England.

Along with Disney’s announcement of the commencement of production, the full cast has been confirmed (most of which we already knew about), and the official synopsis has been revealed as well. Check out the Mary Poppins Returns synopsis and more details after the jump. Read More »

Ben Whishaw

One of the live-action fairy tales Disney has coming up is Mary Poppins Returns. Director Rob Marshall‘s (Into the Woods) sequel to the 1964 film will star Emily Blunt, and she may soon get another co-star. Actor Ben Whishaw, who was recently seen in The Lobster and Spectre, may land a supporting role in the sequel.

Below, learn more about the possible Ben Whishaw Mary Poppins project.

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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 »

mary poppins sequel

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 »

Full-Length ‘Into the Woods’ Trailer Gets Musical

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The original teaser for Into the Woods seemed almost afraid to let on that the film was a musical, but happily that’s not true of the full-length Into the Woods trailer. There’s plenty of singing to be found here — and lots more plot points as well. Finally, we know exactly why all of these different fairy tales come to cross paths, and a bit more about what happens when they do.

At the center of the story are the Baker and his wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), who want the witch (Meryl Streep) to lift a curse so they can have a child. She sends them on a journey to procure several ingredients: “the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold.” Watch the new Into the Woods trailer after the jump.

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Why adapt just one fairy tale when you can tackle four of them at once? Disney’s Into the Woods takes the classic stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Jack and the Beanstalk, weaving them all into a single fantastical musical centered around the original tale of a baker and his wife, who just want to have a baby.

The plus side to this massive mash-up is that we’ll get to see our favorite fairy tale characters collide in unexpected ways, but the down side is that it’s hard to keep track of so many characters. So Disney has released a series of Into the Woods character posters to get you better acquainted. Check ’em out after the jump.

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into the woods movie songs

Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago) is a musical based on the stage work from Stephen Sondheim, but you wouldn’t have known that from the film’s first trailer. This featurette, however, gives us not only interviews with the cast and crew, discussing the creation of the film, but also a lot more footage. And singing! In this you can hear the cast sing for the first time. There are snippets of ‘I Wish,’ featuring Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Emily Blunt, and Meryl Streep, and you’ll hear Streep knocking out ‘Stay With Me’ as well. Read More »