The second instalment is set in 1930s Depression-era London, 25 years after the events of the original film. Having suffered a family tragedy, Michael and Jane Banks, and Michael’s three children, are visited once more by Mary Poppins. To help them through their difficult time, Poppins enlists the help of her friend Jack, played by Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame, and cousin Topsy, played by Meryl Streep. The material is taken from subsequent events in L.P Travers’s eight-book series that inspired the original film.
Young talent like Miranda is found alongside Hollywood stalwarts such as Dick Van Dyke, who appeared in the original film as Burt, but returns as Mr Dawes Junior. Dame Angela Lansbury also appears as the much-loved balloon lady. Ben Whishaw, fresh from his A Very English Scandal success, plays Michael Banks, and Colin Firth puts in an appearance as Weatherall Wilkins, along with a whole host of big names and rising stars.
Like the original, the sequel will be a musical. Director Rob Marshall has plenty of experience with film musicals, having directed the 2002 film version of Chicago, and more recently Sondheim's Into the Woods. The latter starred both Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep, so Mary Poppins will be Marshall’s second time working with both actresses, once more in a musical context.
The first teaser for the film was played during the 2018 Oscars ceremony and the film itself will be released on the 21 December, just in time for Christmas. All together now: ‘just a spoonful of sugar…’
|What||Mary Poppins returns just in time for Christmas|
21 Dec 18 – 21 Dec 19, Times vary
|Price||£ determined by cinemas|
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