When Mr Darcy met Mary Poppins...
Disney’s classic film Mary Poppins is returning to the big screen, and we’re pretty sure you’ll ‘ardently love’ the latest addition to the cast.
That’s right, Colin Firth is set to play William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, in the sequel to the original 1964 film.
It’s been a fairly busy year for Colin Firth, having most recently starred in Bridget Jones’ Baby as the other Mr Darcy he’s famous for playing.
He joins Emily Blunt, who is taking on the lead role as everyone’s favourite nanny… And might we say, we think she’s perfect!
The new movie will be a sequel to the original 1964 film, taking place 20 years later and following the story of now-grown Michael Banks as he is reunited with his magical childhood nanny Mary Poppins. Only now he needs her help to sort out his own children. Guess all those life lessons were just thrown out the window, huh?
However, Emily Blunt recently revealed a big difference to the sequel from the original film – No ‘Spoonful of Sugar’ will be helping the medicine go down this time. Instead, there will be an all-new soundtrack accompanying Mary Poppins’ return.
Speaking on Magic Radio, the star of The Girl on the Train said: ‘Spoonful of Sugar does not exist in our version – It’s all new music! Get over it, guys. There’s a new Mary in town.’
That settles that, then.
Disney announced that the new film will be released on December 25, 2018 (just in time for Christmas!) and even revealed the film’s official title – Mary Poppins Returns.
A little Batman-esque, wouldn’t you say?
While Emily Blunt has been confirmed to take on the mantle of the iconic Julie Andrews, it’s also been announced that she’ll be joined by a sidekick in the vein of Dick Van Dyke’s chimney sweeper, Bert. Only this time, it’ll be a street lamplighter named Jack, played by Hamilton creator extraodinaire Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Mary Poppins Returns is set to be directed by Rob Marshall, who previously won an Oscar for 2002’s Chicago, and worked with Emily on 2014’s Into The Woods – so Emily certainly knows her way around a tune.
Mary Poppins 2.0 is just another in a long line of reboots of popular Disney films. With Cinderella, Maleficent and Alice In Wonderland making bank at the box office, we’re pretty sure the ‘practically perfect’ nanny will have fans heading to the cinemas once more.
Though it hasn’t been confirmed if the sequel will be another musical, Lin-Manuel’s casting and Emily’s musical chops suggests it might be. And since Julie Andrews bagged her first Oscar with the singing role, Emily may want to push for some new songs to get her chance at Oscar glory….
But first, ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ *definitely* needs to have a reprisal.
And since it looks like Mary Poppins is unaffected by the passage of time, does this mean we won’t get a chance to see what happened to Dick Van Dyke’s Bert?
Now THAT would be a travesty.