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Mary Poppins to deliver a special treat for Christmas 2018

POSTED ON 18 SEPTEMBER 2017

First made famous by Julie Andrews back in 1964, Mary Poppins returns next year with her trademark umbrella

Mary Poppins Returns, as the name suggests, is in no way a remake of the 1964 classic but instead looks at the lives of the original children, Michael and Jane Banks, who are now grown up and leading their own lives.

The original film was set in 1910 and this sequel takes us to 1930s depression era London – which is the time period of the original novels – with the film drawing from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books.

Michael now lives on Cherry Tree Lane with his three children and their housekeeper and is re-visited by Mary Poppins, played by Emily Blunt, after he suffers a personal loss. As can be expected, Poppins uses her magical skills – along with the help of street lamplighter Jack – to help the family rediscover the wonder and joy that is missing in their lives.

The Disney film promises to deliver the magic that is Mary Poppins, with a star cast including Blunt, as well as Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Angela Lansbury, Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw.

However, fans will also be pleased to see a familiar face amongst the cast as Dick Van Dyke has confirmed he will be returning to play chimney sweep Bert. He was mocked in the original for his cockney accent but there is no doubt that his return – along with his infectious character and wit – will capture the hearts of new and old lovers alike to the Mary Poppins brand.

With the film still being shot now, there is, as yet, no official trailer so eyes will be on watch for its release once filming is wrapped up.

Anticipation is also high for catchy musical numbers to return to follow in the footsteps of the originals’ favourites such as “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “A Step in Time”. But with Blunt showing her skills in her singing performance in Into the Woods, there is no doubt that she will deliver. How well she does in doing so, we’ll just have to wait and see. But we’re sure that she will be practically perfect in every way!

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