Emily Blunt confirmed for Mary Poppins sequel, film gets release date

Emily BluntStep aside, Julie Andrews. Emily Blunt is snatching Mary Poppins’ umbrella from you.

The British actress will take over the role of the famous nanny from 1964’s beloved classic Mary Poppins. Emily was long rumored to be involved in the sequel, which will be called Mary Poppins Returns, but it wasn’t until this week that the actress was confirmed for the part through an official announcement by Walt Disney Studios.

She is said to be the producers’ first choice.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway hit musical Hamilton, will join Emily on screen in a new role. Lin-Manuel will portray Jack, the street lamplighter.

The sequel to the five-time Oscar-winning picture will center on a grown Jane and Michael Banks — and Michael’s three children — as they grapple with a recent tragedy. The story will unfold in 1930s London as Mary and Jack help reintroduce joy into the lives of the struggling Banks family.

Rob Marshall, who directed Emily in Into the Woods, will take the helm on the project. The script will be penned by Finding Neverland writer David Magee, while Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman — who won a Tony award for Hairspray — are on board to write the songs.

Mary Poppins Returns is scheduled to fly into theaters on December 25, 2018. ~Matthew Pariselli



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  1. Jacob • June 1, 2016 @ 11:24 AM

    I can’t wait to see this!

  2. TinaMagic • June 1, 2016 @ 11:42 AM

    Emily Blunt is going to kill it.

  3. Kris • June 1, 2016 @ 12:18 PM

    Perfect casting….

  4. CDubya • June 1, 2016 @ 12:35 PM

    Nooo! Do not ruin Mary Poppins. Let’s look at Hollywood history. Take the Wizard of Oz for example, a major movie classic. Now let’s look at the horrible sequel made many years after Return to Oz. Or how about the prequel Oz, the Great and Powerful. While the prequel was not bad, it was still not even close to Wizard of Oz original. That’s the only string of movie examples I really need for an argument against this, but let’s look at more..Let’s even look at Star Wars. Go from Star Wars 1977 to Empire Strikes Back to Return of the Jedi..pause for many years, now Phantom Menace and the next 2 sub par flicks. They never have the same feel or same chemistry to the original. 2016 Star Wars worked and guess what-It also had most of the original cast and that’s the trick! Total Recall original was awesome. Remake=sucked. Yes there are a few rare exceptions but Mary Poppins is one movie that should not be messed with! It’s an extreme classic. Julie Andrews should be against this, but I’m sure Disney will pay her to be all for it for the media.

  5. Gwen Collins • June 1, 2016 @ 1:13 PM

    If you don’t like the idea of sequels, pre-quels, or remakes then just don’t go to them. Some of us look forward to seeing how they can hopefully improve on the original. And yes, I did like the original Mary Poppins. There are just so many original ideas out therefor movies before they all start to look alike. By carrying on into the future with a film is a good idea. This way you are not doing a comparison. I really look forward to seeing this in 2018

  6. moviesteve • June 1, 2016 @ 7:12 PM

    Fishy! I don’t know if Emily was the right choice. But then again, no one can fill Julie’s shoes.

  7. Cathy • June 1, 2016 @ 7:50 PM

    I agree with the above people who said she’s perfect for the role. I can easily picture her, she’ll be different than Julie Andrews, but I think she’ll be amazing in her own way.

  8. Snepts • June 2, 2016 @ 7:06 AM

    Will Ariana Grande play one of the children?

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