Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Footage of Emily Blunt in 'Mary Poppins Returns' Is Here

Footage of Emily Blunt in 'Mary Poppins Returns' Is Here

Avengers, Mary Poppins and Luke Skywalker brought star power to Walt Disney Co's annual D23 fan convention on Sunday, as the studio drummed up excitement for upcoming films including a live-action "Lion King", "Aladdin" and "Dumbo".

Fans at D23 Expo were in for a surprise when actress Emily Blunt joined director Rob Marshall on stage to unveil a teaser of "Mary Poppins Returns".

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Mary Poppins Returns motion poster featuring Emily Blunt

Aside from Blunt, Colin Firth has also joined the project, set to play Bank president, William Weatherall Wilkins, and Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda has been cast as Bert's equivalent - a street lamp lighter called Jack - even Meryl Streep has been given a cameo.

A first look at "Mary Poppins Returns" showed Emily Blunt's take on the singing, no-nonsense nanny with magical powers made famous in the 1964 musical starring Julie Andrews. Lin-Manuel Miranda is seen dancing with a ladder as a chimney sweep.

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"It's all about family, that's what's so powerful about it", Fisher said of the film in interviews taped before her sudden death in December. Set 25 years after the first film, the sequel finds the Banks children, Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael (Ben Whishaw) now adults and dealing with grown-up issues, including money and the widowed Michael raising three children of his own. "And we were very loyal to the books". "I needed to try to pay homage to Julie Andrews but carve out a new space for myself", said Blunt.

Emily Blunt stars as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins Returns. She also added that her version of Mary is a little more "acerbic and odd and vain" like the character is in the books. "This is a brand new original film musical from top to bottom, which is very rare, and it is a wonderful opportunity to create something specifically for the screen".

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Marshall revealed that he was unaware that Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers had penned seven other novels featuring the character until he was approached about this movie. It will open on December 21st 2018 in the United Kingdom and December 25th 2018 in North America.

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