With no Marvel or “Star Wars” films this Fall, Disney Pictures is putting all its efforts into its two family fantasy features opening this Fall. While “Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is a risk, relatively speaking, the five decades later sequel “Mary Poppins Returns” could not be more of a sure bet.
Emily Blunt takes on the iconic role from P.L. Travers’ books made famous by Julie Andrews in the original 1964 film. Rob Marshall helms the film set in 1930s London as Jane Banks (Emily Mortimer) and Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) are now grown-up with Michael still living in the house on Cherry Tree Lane with his three children and a housekeeper named Ellen.
After Michael suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins comes back to the Banks family with street lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), and eccentric cousin Topsy Turvy (Meryl Streep). Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury and Colin Firth co-star in the film which is slated to open in cinemas December 19th.