How Blunt's Mary Poppins Differs From the Original
Director Rob Marshall and actress Emily Blunt took the stage at D23 Expo 2017 on Saturday to present the first-ever footage from Mary Poppins Returns, a followup to Disney’s 1964 classic.
The footage was a rough teaser of shots and title cards and largely dialogue-free, as the film only finished filming a few weeks ago. However, the footage was accompanied by a live orchestra performing original new music from the film conducted by its composer, Marc Shaiman.
The footage showcased the daily lives of Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) and Jane Banks (Emily Mortimer), the children in the original film who are now all grown up. The magic they had encountered in their youth has clearly left them as adults living through the Great Depression. Michael, a widower, is raising his three children (played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and Joel Dawson) on his own in the family home he inherited on Cherry Tree Lane. They’re teetering on a crisis thanks to the ruthless manager of Fidelity Fiduciary, William Weatherall Wilkin (Colin Firth).