Emily Blunt to play Mary Poppins in Disney sequel

THE NANNY IS BACK: Blunt, 33, has been cast in the role previously played by Andrews. Mary Poppins Returns will open in late 2018.


    Jun 03, 2016

    Emily Blunt to play Mary Poppins in Disney sequel


    DISNEY is about to produce a sequel to its supercalifragilisticexpialidocious film Mary Poppins, and British actress Emily Blunt has been chosen to succeed Julie Andrews.

    Blunt, 33, will play the magical umbrella-brandishing nanny in Mary Poppins Returns, a riveting sequel to the 1964 Disney classic.

    According to reports by CNN Money and Daily Mail, Walt Disney Studios revealed on Tuesday that Mary Poppins Returns will storm movie theatres on Christmas 2018.

    Also, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the 36-year-old star of Broadway musical Hamilton, will portray the character Jack, a street lamplighter.

    The sequel's director is Rob Marshall, 55, who previously directed eye-popping musicals such as Chicago and Into The Woods, while David Magee, writer of the 2004 drama film Finding Neverland, is the movie's scriptwriter.

    The film popularised two songs, A Spoonful Of Sugar and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

    The refreshing sequel will unfold with Jane and Michael Banks, all grown-ups, being visited by Poppins in their humble home in London during the 1930s Great Depression era.

    Poppins enchantingly enters the Banks family to "rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives", the studio said in a statement.

    Mary Poppins was authored by P. L. Travers in 1934. The original Disney film adaptation was released in August 1964, which reaped five Academy Awards including Best Actress for Julie Andrews.