Earlier today, Disney released our very first look at Emily as the title character in Mary Poppins Returns–very exciting! You can view the full size image by clicking the preview photo below.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – She’s practically perfect from every angle.

Disney has just released a dazzling first look at Mary Poppins Returns, the forthcoming sequel in which the titular nanny is played by the correspondingly magical Emily Blunt. The original follow-up to the cherished 1964 musical will arrive in theaters Dec. 25, 2018.

In this new image, we get just a taste of all the trappings that will help transform Blunt into the legendary caretaker — namely, a stunning peacock-cobalt ruffled coat and a deep rich bird-adorned pink hat, both instantly parallel to but distinctive from what Julie Andrews donned in 1964. Mary Poppins’ boundless carpet bag, on the other hand, has received a complete makeover (though the jury is out on whether its endless contents have changed).

What’s more is that Mary looks to be right back on the edge of Cherry Tree Lane, the famed street where the stern but whimsical nanny first flew into the Banks family’s life years prior — 20, to be practically precise.

Mary Poppins Returns picks up two-and-change decades after the events of the 1964 film, furthering the adventures of Mary Poppins and the Banks children, Jane and Michael, who have long since grown up (they’re played in the film by Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw) but are no less in need of their former minder. The new tale, as penned by screenwriter David Magee, is set in Depression-era London and finds Mary Poppins returning to help the family rediscover joy after Michael suffers a personal loss.

The film pulls from stories within the other seven books of P.L. Travers’ original children’s series. As the Banks children grew, so did their travels with Mary Poppins, who popped in and out of their lives throughout the additional novels along with several other ephemeral characters that will now finally find their way onscreen (like recently-announced Angela Lansbury, who plays a maniacal balloon vendor).

In addition to Blunt, the principal cast also includes Lin-Manuel Miranda as a musical lamplighter named Jack, Meryl Streep as Mary’s cousin Topsy, Colin Firth as banker William Weatherall Wilkins, Julie Walters as loyal housekeeper Ellen, and a trio of newcomers filling the roles of Michael Banks’ children. Original star Dick Van Dyke will also make a featured appearance in the sequel.

Mary Poppins Returns reunites Blunt with director Rob Marshall, who most recently oversaw both Blunt and Streep in Disney’s film adaptation of Into the Woods in 2014. Marshall has enlisted Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman to compose new music for the film, which will be produced by the director, his partner John DeLuca, and film/stage producer (recently and notably, of La La Land) Marc Platt.

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VARIETY – Principal photography has commenced on Walt Disney Studio’s “Mary Poppins Returns” at the U.K.’s Shepperton Studios, Disney announced Friday. The much-anticipated sequel to Disney’s 1964 classic “Mary Poppins” stars Emily Blunt as the eponymous magical nanny created by author P.L. Travers, taking over the role from Oscar-winner Julie Andrews.

The sequel co-stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. Young actors Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and Joel Dawson play the three new Banks children. The original film’s co-star, Dick Van Dyke, who is 91, is also set to appear.

Rob Marshall directs the film from a screenplay by David Magee, and also serves as producer alongside John DeLuca and Marc Platt. Tony Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman have written new songs for the film, with Shaiman also composing the original score.

Set in Depression-era London of the 1930s, “Mary Poppins Returns” sees Michael and Jane Banks (Whishaw and Mortimer) now grown up. After Michael suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins re-enters the lives of the Banks family and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

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I’ve updated the gallery with screen captures from the Blu-ray edition of The Girl on the Train–including special features from the disc. Emily gives a powerhouse performance as Rachel Watson, a woman struggling to overcome an her addiction and inner demons that stem from her divorce and inability to fall pregnant. Her life becomes even more complicated when she finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. The film itself is flawed, yet still enjoyable, and it’s a shame that her work has been largely overlooked during awards season due to the mixed critical response towards the film. I hope you enjoy the screen captures, and just a warning for those that haven’t watched yet, they do contain spoilers.


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Many congratulations to Emily, who has received a BAFTA nomination for her excellent work in The Girl on the Train. The list of nominations were announced early this morning in London, and marks Emily’s first nomination from the academy since 2007, when she was shortlisted for the Rising Star Award and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in The Devil Wears Prada. It’s great to see her performance receive the attention it deserves, even if the film itself wasn’t well-received. You can view the full list of nominations here.

Amy Adams, Arrival
Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
Natalie Portman, Jackie

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THE WRAP – In June, news broke that Emily Blunt would not star in the upcoming sequel to “Sicario” titled “Soldado,” and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan has a simple explanation for it.

“That was my decision, and at some point I’m going to have to talk to her about it,” Sheridan said in a recent interview for TheWrap Magazine. “Her arc was complete … I couldn’t figure out a way to write a character that would do her talent justice.”

He added, “Look what she went through. It was a difficult role. Here I write this lead character and then I use her as a surrogate for the audience. I make her completely passive against her own will so the audience feels the same impotence that a lot of law enforcement officers feel, I drag her through hell, and betray her in the end. It was an arduous journey for the character, and for Emily. That character had arc,” Sheridan said.

“Sicario” also starred Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin (who are returning for the sequel) and followed FBI agent Kate Macer (Blunt), enlisted by a government task force to bring down a Mexican cartel. The film was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and Best Sound Editing at the 2015 Oscars. When the sequel was announced, it was also revealed that Denis Villeneuve would not return to direct and would be replaced by Stefano Sollima.

“What do you do next? She moves to some little town and becomes a sheriff and then gets kidnapped and then we have ‘Taken?’” he joked about Blunt’s role. “I had to tell the story that was true to this role, and I didn’t feel like I could create something with that character that would further that world that would do Emily’s character justice. That said, there could be room for Kate somewhere else down the road.”

“Soldado” is looking at a 2017 release.

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I’ve updated the gallery with some newly released stills and a behind the scenes photo from The Girl on the Train–all of which are available to view in high-resolution. Enjoy!

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