Most major movies keep filming under wraps, going to huge lengths to keep prying eyes away from any on-set secrets. Well, they try anyway. It can be a bit difficult when you need to shoot a song and dance number outside Buckingham Palace.
That’s exactly what happened yesterday (April 2) when the stars of Mary Poppins Returns descended on the London tourist attraction.
Emily Blunt has been filming scenes from Mary Poppins Returns outside Buckingham Palace pic.twitter.com/ZEsdJIaT9Z
— BBC Newsbeat (@BBCNewsbeat) April 3, 2017
Crowds visiting the palace were surprised to see Emily Blunt and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda cycle past on bicycles, with what looks like an army of chimney sweeps behind them.
That in itself shouldn’t be too surprising. Dick van Dyke of course played chimney sweep Burt in the original film, and though Lin-Manuel’s character Jack certainly sounds a lot like the cheeky chappie, he is in fact a lamp lighter.
We got a first look at him in a tweed suit, red vest and cloth cap, as well as Emily looking practically perfect in every way in a maroon hat and blue coat.
And though it’s not the first time we’ve seen Emily in her Mary Poppins garb — Disney released a photo of her arriving at the family home last month — it is the first time we’ve seen her face:
— Cinema Chat (@cinemadotchat) April 3, 2017
And what’s that perched in the basket at the front of her bike? Looks like her famous carpet bag, capable of carrying everything she might possibly need to look after kids.
The sequel, which doesn’t arrive in theaters until Christmas 2018, is set in Depression-era London 20 years after the events of the original movie starring Julie Andrews, with Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw portraying older versions of Jane and Michael Banks.
The children in the photos are thought to be Michael’s, who are visited by their father’s former nanny after a tragedy leaves the family feeling numb and joyless.
Also set to star are Angela Lansbury, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Julie Walters, not to mention Dick van Dyke himself, who’ll be portraying the son of the banker boss from the original, though so far none of them have been spotted on set.
And with 54 years between the original 1964 musical and its follow-up opening in theaters, Mary Poppins Returns must be one of the longest-awaited sequels in cinema history yet.
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