Production for “Mary Poppins Returns” has begun. Disney has also announced the cast, along with a full synopsis of the film.
“Mary Poppins Returns” is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ 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).
The great news is that Dick Van Dyke will be returning, not as Bert, but as Mr. Dawes Jr. Dick Van Dyke originally played Mr. Dawes Sr., who was the elderly chairman of the board that employed George Banks in the original “Mary Poppins”.
- Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins
- Meryl Streep – Topsy
- Ben Whishaw – Michael Banks
- Emily Mortimer – Jane Banks
- Lin Manuel Miranda – Jack
- Colin Firth – William Weatherall Wilkins
- Julie Walters – Ellen
- Dick Van Dyke – Mr. Dawes Jr.
- Pixie Davis, Joel Dawson and Nathanael Saleh – The Banks children
“Mary Poppins Returns” opens December 25, 2018.