We’re less than a year away from the highly anticipated sequel to Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns, and there’s been very little in the way of promotion.
However, a new image has appeared on USA Today, giving us a nice shot of the cast. And it sounds like Emily Blunt’s Poppins will be a bit more, well, blunt than Julie Andrews.
Emily Blunt acknowledges that it’s hard to put in words what it’s like to play author P.L. Travers’ iconic nanny, though “joyful” and “utterly magical” do come up in conversation. Julie Andrews played the role in 1964 and the flying umbrella passes to Blunt for a sequel set in 1930s Depression-era London, where Poppins revisits a now-grown Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane Banks (Emily Mortimer) when their family needs her again. Back in the day, a spoonful of sugar helped the medicine go down, but Blunt’s Poppins hews more to Travers’ literary character. “I just loved how eccentric and wacky she is in the books — incredibly vain and rude to the children,” Blunt says. “As a British person, I really responded to that lack of saccharine relationships. I find it comforting the idea of someone just sweeping in who’s no-nonsense and cleaning everything up and making everything right again in a magical way that’s not sentimental.”
Mary Poppins Returns on Christmas Day, 2018. Let’s hope its a spoonful of sugar, and not a salty sequel.USA Today]
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