Emily Blunt Debuts New 'Mary Poppins Returns' Content at D23!

Henrietta Brewer
July 17, 2017

D23, named after the year Walt Disney founded his company, runs through Sunday. Disney knows how excited fans are for this one and that's why they brought a big showing for it to the expo and even debuted some footage. A single photo of Blunt in character was released (and went viral) earlier this year, giving us our first look at the reboot, which takes place 25 years after the original.

Emily Blunt took the stage for the presentation of Mary Poppins Returns at D23 with director/producer Rob Marshall. "Dame Andrews is a very, very tough act to follow but I think we can agree that, in Emily Blunt, we have found the ideal actress to fill those shoes". The movie was based on P L Travers book with Julie Andrews playing Poppins.

It may help that the upcoming film isn't a remake; instead, movie lovers will see grown-up versions of the Banks children encounter the new Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins Returns draws from the material in these additional books.

"Hamilton's" Lin-Manuel Miranda co-stars as a lamplighter Jack in a cast that also features Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Meryl Streep and Colin Firth.

"Star Wars" fans did get a morsel of footage in a behind-the-scenes featurette from the upcoming space saga and a lively panel with the film's writer-director Rian Johnson and a few of the film's stars.

Said Blunt about taking on the iconic title role, "I tried to approach it was I would any other part... This is a brand new original film musical from top to bottom, which is very rare, and it is a wonderful opportunity to create something specifically for the screen". The bi-annual expo, which has celebrated all of their many fans, serves as a great way for the Mouse House to showcase all of the many films and franchises they have under their roof.

The story takes place 20 years after the original and also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack the lamplighter, Meryl Streep as Mary's odd cousin Topsy, and Angela Lansbury as the Balloon Lady, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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