Did you know that Mary Poppins is headed back to the silver screen after many long years? This new adaptation is directed by Rob Marshall, and stars Emily Blunt (Into the Woods, The Devil Wears Prada), Lin-Manuel Miranda (author and star of hit Broadway show Hamilton), and Colin Firth (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Mamma Mia!). This sequel set in Depression-era London is set to be released Christmas of 2018. In honor of this Mary Poppins re-boot, we’re sharing some trivia about the upcoming film today!
- Julie Andrews, who originated the film role in 1964, was very supportive of Emily Blunt’s casting as her successor. She called it a “wonderful” casting decision. When Emily Blunt heard the news, she created tears of joy.
- Director Rob Marshall previously collaborated with Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep on the musical film adaptation of Into the Woods in 2014.
- When the first Mary Poppins movie was being written, Walt Disney offered the role to Julie Andrews, who declined because she was pregnant. Walt felt so strongly about casting Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins that he posponed the production to accommodate her schedule. The same thing happened again with “Mary Poppins Returns!” Production had to be postponed to accommodate for Emily Blunt’s pregnancy.
As you can see, this is a great time to tell the story of everyone’s favorite flying nanny. We’re so excited to bring this well-loved tale to our stage at DLC this Winter. Registration is open and classes will be here before you know it. Head to our Winter page and register for class today!