Emily Blunt is practically perfect in every way in first-look still from Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Poppins Returns, and Emily Blunt in the titular role is looking practically perfect in every way
Production began at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England on 10th February. Set in 1935, in Depression-era London, the now-grown Jane and Michael Banks have experienced a personal loss which leaves them numb and joyless. Their former nanny, Mary Poppins, returns and enlists her lamplighter friend Jack to help the family find joy again.
The picture shows Blunt perfectly channeling Julie Andrews in the iconic role, sporting a costume which is undeniably consistent with Mary Poppins’ style: the hat, blue coat, sensible heels and of course the carpet bag which can hold literally everything, are all present, though there’s no sign of the parrot umbrella.
What is brilliant about this photo is the way that the costume is subtly but unmistakably updated for the era in which the film is set: the capes on the shoulders of her coat, the minimal decoration of her hat, the square, art-deco buttons of her coat, the shape of her skirt and, most tellingly, the length of her skirt (showing your ankles was a no-no before the 1920s, and the original film was set in 1910).
The thing that sells it for me is her posture: her back rod-straight, chin up, the picture or composure and grace. I instantly straightened up when I saw it, as if I was being reminded not to slouch. Spit spot!
The film is being directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into The Woods) and has an impressive cast list which includes Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, and Angela Lansbury. Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw play the adult Jane and Michael Banks, and the immensely gifted Lin-Manuel Miranda plays Jack, Mary’s lamplighter friend. Miranda, who’s recently experienced phenomenal success with Hamilton on Broadway and Disney’s Moana, is also developing new songs for the film.
It’s hard for me to overstate how much I love original Mary Poppins. The music, the choreography, the sets, the chemistry between Bert and Mary, the mixture of live action and animation. At a very basic level, it taught me how to deal with life (“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun”), but mostly it showed me the magic of cinema. I can hardly wait to see what this dream team delivers.
Mary Poppins Returns is set for release on December 25th 2018.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Image: Walt Disney Pictures