We reported a while back that Disney was gearing up for a highly anticipated sequel to it’s 1964 timeless classic, Mary Poppins – now it appears the project is nicely on track for a Christmas 2018 release date.
Edge of Tomorrow and Sicaro star Emily Blunt will take on the posthumous role of Mary Poppins, originally made famous by Oscar-winning actress Julie Andrews, in the live-action sequel.
Before the announcement, many had assumed Disney would reboot the family musical, perhaps updating the story to fit the modern century. However we’ve now learned that Mary Poppins Returns, the official title, will in fact be a continuation to the Banks’ family’s story.
Set 25 years after the events of Mary Poppins, siblings Jane and Michael Banks once again receive a visit from mysterious nanny Mary Poppins when the Banks family find themselves facing a personal tragedy. Determined to once again work her magic and show the family the joy’s of life again, Mary Poppins sets out to instruct and educate a new generation of Banks children.
Rob Marshall, who directed Blunt in the modern-day musical Into the Woods, will take the helm hoping to replicate the same success the original had 50 years ago – winning five Academy Awards including Best Actress and Best Orignal Song.
Mary Poppins Returns will start production towards the end of the year and will be released worldwide on Christmas Day 2018.