‘Mary Poppins Returns’ has just gotten more ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ with the addition of Disney veterans Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury.
We all know that 91-year-old Van Dyke played affable chimney sweep Bert in the original 1964 film. He also played the curmudgeon-y banker Mr. Dawes of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. According to an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Van Dyke will be playing the son of that character… and without aging makeup, as he “grew into the role.”
Angela Lansbury’s role is that of “the Balloon Lady,” a character from the PL Travers series of books. She’ll be joining an all-star cast that includes Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and the man behind the music of Hamilton and Moana, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who will play Bert’s apprentice.
I have to admit that I was a little leery about a sequel to what is considered by many to be the best live-action Disney film of all time, but adding legends like Van Dyke and Lansbury certainly is a step in the right direction.
The plot, according to Disney, centers on Michael Banks recovering from a personal tragedy.
“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).
‘Mary Poppins Returns’ is currently in production and is scheduled for release on Christmas Day 2018.
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