The Mary Poppins Sequel Just Started Filming
She's baaacckk! Ready your umbrellas, because production on the Mary Poppins sequel has begun.
Variety reports that principal photography for the highly-anticipated follow up to Disney's classic 1964 hit starring Julie Andrews has kicked off in London.
The Disney sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, is helmed by British actress Emily Blunt. Blunt, who is best known for her roles in The Devil Wears Prada and The Girl on the Train, will take over Andrews' iconic role as the ebullient nanny with the voice of an angel.
The sequel co-stars Lin-Manuel Miranda (of Hamilton fame), Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. Newcomers Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and Joel Dawson will play the three new Banks children. The original film's co-star, Dick Van Dyke, who is 91, is also set to appear.
Set in Depression-era London, Mary Poppins Returns picks up long after the original lets off. According to Variety, the story begins when Mary Poppins re-enters the lives of Michael and Jane Banks (who are now adults) shortly Michael suffers a personal loss. With the help of jovial street lamplighter Jack (played by Miranda), Poppins works her magic to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
Mary Poppins Returns is expected to hit theaters next year.