Production on â€œMary Poppins Returns,â€ the all new sequel to Disneyâ€™s 1964 film â€œMary Poppins,â€ has commenced at Shepperton Studios. The film, which stars Golden GlobeÂ® winner Emily Blunt (â€œThe Girl on the Train,â€ â€œInto the Woodsâ€) and EmmyÂ®, GRAMMYÂ® and Tony AwardÂ® winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (â€œHamilton,â€ â€œMoanaâ€) and is directed and produced by OscarÂ® nominee, EmmyÂ® and DGA Award winner Rob Marshall (â€œInto the Woods,â€ â€œChicagoâ€), is scheduled for release December 25, 2018.
The film also stars: Ben Whishaw (â€œSpectreâ€), Emily Mortimer (â€œHugoâ€) and Julie Walters (â€œHarry Potterâ€ films) with Colin Firth (â€œThe Kingâ€™s Speechâ€) and Meryl Streep (â€œFlorence Foster Jenkinsâ€). In addition, Dick Van Dyke plays Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is now run by William Weatherall Wilkins (Firth).
â€œMary Poppins Returnsâ€ introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies (â€œMiss Peregrineâ€™s Home for Peculiar Childrenâ€), Nathanael Saleh (â€œGame of Thronesâ€) and newcomer Joel Dawson.
The film is produced by Marshall, EmmyÂ® winner and Golden GlobeÂ® nominee John DeLuca (â€œChicagoâ€) and OscarÂ® andTonyÂ® nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Marc Platt (â€œLa La Landâ€). The screenplay is by Oscar nominee David Magee (â€œLife of Piâ€) based on The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers with Oscar nominee and Tony winner Marc Shaiman (â€œHairsprayâ€) and Emmy nominee and Tony winner Scott Wittman (â€œHairsprayâ€) writing all new songs with Shaiman composing an original score.
Amongst Marshallâ€™s award-winning creative team are OscarÂ®-winning director of photography Dion Beebe, ASC ACS (â€œMemoirs of a Geishaâ€); two-time Oscar-winning production designer John Myhre (â€œMemoirs of a Geisha,â€ â€œChicagoâ€); three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell (â€œThe Young Victoria,â€ â€œThe Aviator,â€ â€œShakespeare in Loveâ€); Oscar-winning hair and make-up designer Peter Swords King (â€œThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Kingâ€); Oscar-winning set decorator Gordon Sim (â€œChicagoâ€); Oscar-winning production sound mixer Simon Hayes (â€œLes MisÃ©rablesâ€); and EmmyÂ® nominated editor Wyatt Smith (â€œDoctor Strange,â€ â€œInto the Woodsâ€). The film is choreographed by Marshall and DeLuca with Joey Pizzi (â€œChicagoâ€) serving as co-choreographer.
â€œMary Poppins Returnsâ€ is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Traversâ€™ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Streep).
PL Travers first introduced the world to the no-nonsense nanny in her 1934 book â€œMary Poppins,â€ which Disney adapted for the screen and released in August, 1964. The film, which was directed by Robert Stevenson and starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, was the top-grossing film of that year and nominated for 13 Academy AwardsÂ®, winning five. However, the subsequent adventures of Mary Poppins remained only on the pages of PL Traversâ€™ seven additional books, which she published between 1935 and 1988.