'Mary Poppins Returns': Watch her magic unfold this January
The new sequel of Disney's 1964 film 'Mary Poppins', is set to release in India on January 4. The sequel, 'Mary Poppins Returns', has Emily Blunt stepping into the shoes of veteran actor Julie Andrews as the prim and proper nanny with magical skills. The film, directed by Rob Marshall, is based in the 1930s Depression-era London, 24 years after the original was set.
The director of 'Chicago' fame said he feels honored to be approached by Disney to direct the sequel. "'Mary Poppins' was the first film I saw as a child and it opened my mind up to movies and to the love of musicals and adventure and fantasy in film. But this film isn't just for children. It's for the child within us," Marshall added.
Ben Whishaw stars as Michael Banks and Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks, the eldest children of the Banks family. The sequel also introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and newcomer Joel Dawson. When the family suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins magically re-enters their lives and with Jack's (Lin-Manuel Miranda) help, brings joy and wonder back into their home.
The film also features Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. Van Dyke is the only actor from the original to return, portraying the son of one of his original characters. It's produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, and Marc Platt. The screenplay is by David Magee based on 'The Mary Poppins Stories' by PL Travers with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman writing all new songs.