Mary Poppins is Back After 54 Years


Emily Segale, Guest Writer

Emily Blunt is starring in the new film: Mary Poppins Returns. The movie is set to premiere on December 19, 2018, right in the midst of the holiday season. The original Mary Poppins also premiered during the month of December way back in 1964.
Emily Blunt will be playing Mary Poppins in the new film, although it was originally portrayed by Julie Andrews. Emily Blunt has outspokenly been nervous about stepping into the role that was made famous by Andrews.
After hearing that the former Mary Poppins had approved her casting Blunt said, “I felt like I wanted to cry. It was lovely to get her stamp of approval. That took the edge off it, for sure.” Blunt is most famous for her role in “The Devil Wears Prada.” The actress starred alongside longtime actress, Meryl Streep. Meryl Streep does make a cameo in the new Mary Poppins film which will make this the third total film Blunt and Streep have co-starred in.
Lin- Manuel Miranda is also one of the main characters in the film. He plays Jack who was played by Dick Van Dyke in the original film. Miranda is known for his performance as Alexander Hamilton in the Broadway Musical Hamilton.
Dick Van Dyke also is set to make a surprise appearance in the sequel film. Yes, sequel. Although there was speculation that the new Mary Poppins was going to be a remake of the original, it has been confirmed that the movie is a sequel.
In the new movie, Mary Poppins returns to take care of Michael Bank’s children. Michael has grown up and gotten married and finds himself in need of a new nanny. He needs to look no further as he remembers the most wonderful nanny, Mary Poppins.
The movie has not come out yet but that has not stopped the world from asking themselves if Emily will be able to handle the monumental role. Emily has typically played intimidating and stubborn women, but as we all know, Mary Poppins is a much different character.
How can one actress portray a witch and in her next film represent the exact opposite of evil? Personally, I am a big fan of Emily Blunt and I am rooting for her but these are some enormous shoes to step into. Even if people say that Emily does not compare to Julie Andrews, I am certain that there is no one who could attempt the role better. So kudos to the casting director. Blunt first signed onto the title role in February 2016 and they then quickly signed Miranda.
The next to join the film was Meryl Streep followed by Colin Firth. Colin Firth is an Academy Award and Golden Globe winner, famous for his roles in the Bridget Jones films. The producers had approached Julie Andrews about making a cameo in the upcoming movie but she declined the offer after saying she wanted this to be “Emily’s show.” And that is what it will be.
I assure you, come December 19, the whole world will be talking about Emily Blunt. Best of luck, Emily.