By this point, you’ve probably seen Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train) is on-set filming Mary Poppins Returns, with the first look splashed across the internet over the weekend. While we don’t quite see Blunt’s face — just a glimpse of her profile — we definitely get that magical nanny feel.
And now, photos of fellow cast members, and Anglo fan favorites, Ben Whishaw (Paddington) and Emily Mortimer (Doll & Em), are making the rounds. As we mentioned in earlier casting announcements, Whishaw and Mortimer will be playing Michael and Jane Banks, 20 years on from the original in Depression-era London. In other words, they’re all grown up.
Is this how you pictured the Banks children as adults?
Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw go fly a kite as the adult versions of Jane and Michael Banks! https://t.co/astpsn0b1E
— JustJared.com (@JustJared) March 7, 2017
If you click on the above tweet, you can see the full-length photo, featuring a green kite with a yellow rim and bits of newspaper. If it looks familiar, you’re not wrong for thinking you’ve seen it before:
The Banks children now have kids of their own, but it sounds like they need a little bit of help remembering there is magic in this world. Enter Mary Poppins… It’s not clear if the umbrella-wielding nanny returns to care for their children — or Michael and Jane again. Perhaps the entire family could benefit from a little of Poppins’ practically perfect pragmatism.
We’ll have to wait and see…
But, in the meantime, we’re very excited for the new movie. But, of course, Blunt has big, chunky shoes to fill. Julie Andrews portrayed Mary Poppins in the Disney original, based on P.L. Travers‘ stories, winning her a Best Actress Academy Award in 1965.
Some might be scratching their head, thinking, “Why remake such a classic?” Well, to set the record straight, Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original. It’s actually based on material from follow-up novels by Travers. So, your found memories will not be tainted.
Mary Poppins Returns will hit theaters in 2018.
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