First Colin Firth and now Dick Van Dyke! Thanks Variety for this fun news!
Dick Van Dyke will appear in the upcoming “Mary Poppins” sequel, Disney confirmed on Tuesday.
The veteran actor played both the chimney sweep, Bert, and the bank chairman Mr. Dawes Senior in the 1964 original, starring opposite Julie Andrews.
The film won five Oscars in 1965 including a best original song awards for “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” performed by Van Dyke in the movie. The song was penned by dynamic duo Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, otherwise known as the Sherman Brothers.
The sequel has attracted an all-star cast that includes Emily Blunt in the lead role, Meryl Streep and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who will play a new character resembling Van Dyke’s Bert.
The sequel’s story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by Poppins following a personal loss. She and her friend Jack help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
Rob Marshall will direct the film as well as produce with John DeLuca and Marc Platt — the same team that created Disney’s 2014 musical adaptation of “Into the Woods.” David Magee is adapting the screenplay from “The Mary Poppins Stories” by P.L. Travers. Marc Shaiman is composing an all-new score and writing original songs alongside Scott Wittman.
Van Dyke first broke the news to the Hollywood Reporter. The “Mary Poppins” sequel is slated for release on Dec. 25, 2018.
While on the press rounds for her latest film, The Girl on the Train, Emily Blunt spoke to us about taking on the iconic role of Mary Poppins in Disney’s forthcoming sequel to the classic 1964 film.
She spoke of the pressure of taking on the role, how the character and the film are ’emblematic of people’s childhoods’, and how she hopes to find her version of the character during the rehearsal stage, which begins in November.
She also reveals that she’s closer to the books, and so we may end up seeing a different take on the much loved Nanny when Rob Marshall’s film is released.
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After a string of increasingly dark roles including Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Sicario (2015), and Oct. 7’s hotly anticipated The Girl on the Train, Emily Blunt is ready to lighten up. “I enjoy the challenge to be versatile… [but] I want to find the silliness again,” she tells EW.
And her next major role will be a big departure from The Girl on the Train: She’s stepping into Julie Andrews’ iconic shoes as Mary Poppins in Rob Marshall’s Mary Poppins Returns, currently slated for a December 2018 release. “I feel a little more trepidation with this [character] because she’s so emblematic of people’s nostalgia,” Blunt says. “It’s such an important character in people’s childhood.”
While Andrews’ version of the magical nanny was sweet but firm, Blunt says her Mary Poppins will be slightly different — closer to the character from P.L. Travers’ original series. “We’re delving into the books a lot more,” she explains, “which is a different version of the character, I’ll say that much.” When she’s reminded that book Poppins is slightly tougher than fans of the 1964 film might expect, Blunt gives a coy smile: “She’s a little meaner, yeah.”
Blunt hadn’t yet spoken to Andrews when she sat down with EW in early August, but Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall had — and he relayed the experience to her. “Rob said he was in the Hamptons, and he saw [Andrews], and he said, ‘It’s top secret, but Emily Blunt’s playing Mary Poppins,’” Blunt recalls. “And she went, ‘Oh, wonderful!’”
“I felt like I wanted to cry,” she says. “It was lovely to get her stamp of approval. That took the edge off it, for sure.”
Variety shared the exciting news today that it appears that Meryl Streep is joining Emily in her new film “Mary Poppins Returns.”
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Sources tell Variety, the Oscar-winning actress is in talks to join Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel-Miranda in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns.”
If a deal closes, the family film would reunite Streep with the “Into the Woods” musical team of Blunt, director Rob Marshall, and producers Marc Platt and John DeLuca. Streep and Blunt also shared the screen in “The Devil Wears Prada.” Marshall and John De Luca are also producing.
Streep is said to play the role of Poppins’ cousin, Topsy, a supporting role that wasn’t in the 1964 classic. Streep would also sing for the part, much like she did in “Into the Woods,” which earned her a record 19th Oscar nomination.
David Magee wrote the screenplay, based on the stories by P.L. Travers, with Marc Shaiman composing an all-new score and writing originals songs with Emmy nominee and Tony-winner Scott Wittman.
Blunt stars as the title character in the film with Manuel-Miranda, star of the Broadway smash “Hamilton,” playing another new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven Mary Poppins novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
Streep, who appeared at the Democratic Convention this week, can be seen next in the Paramount pic “Florence Foster Jenkins” which bows on Aug. 12. She is repped by CAA.
Variety shares this exciting news! I am so thrilled as Mary Poppins has been a favorite of mine since I was a young girl! Fingers crossed that it works out!
Emily Blunt is in talks to star in Disney’s sequel to “Mary Poppins” with Rob Marshall set to direct.
John DeLuca and Marc Platt will serve as producers on the pic. Sources say Blunt has always been the favorite since all four worked together on “Into the Woods.” With Disney looking to get the film into production soon, the studio recently met with the actress to discuss the idea of playing the magical nanny.
The deal is not yet set in stone due to scheduling. News recently broke that Blunt is expecting her second child, and that may play into her decision.
Insiders confirm the new film will take place in Depression-era London 20 years after the first film and will take story lines from P.L. Travers’ children books focusing on Poppins’ continued adventures with the Banks family.
The original 1964 film starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in the story of a nanny who came to work for a banker’s unhappy family in pre-World War I England. The film was a huge hit, grossing $100 million at the box office, and earned five Oscars, including one for Andrews as best actress.
Disney has reaped rewards recently by turning classic animated pics like “Alice in Wonderland” and “Cinderella” into live-action hits, and is now turning its attention to its collection of live-action films.
Blunt has shown her range in comedies like “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Five Year Engagement,” action-heavy pics like “Sicario” and “Edge of Tomorrow” and adult dramas like the upcoming “The Girl on the Train.” Blunt can be seen next in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War.”
She is repped by CAA and the Artists Partnership.