Mary Poppins Returns, the reboot/sequel to the 1964 Disney classic with Emily Blunt filling the shoes of Julie Andrews in the titular role and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda presumably doing a dodgy Cockney accent as Dick van Dyke/Bert’s replacement has added new cast members.
Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer will be playing the roles of Michael and Jane Banks, originally played by the late Matthew Garber and Karen “sister of Michele/daughter of Roy/sister in law of Edward Woodward” Dotrice, now twenty-five years older, even though Emily Mortimer, at 44, is perhaps too old to play a character in her early thirties, though she looks young enough.
And Colin Firth will be attracting millions of besotted mothers/housewives to the film as he will prudently fruitfully, frugally take on the head of the Fidelity Fiduciary bank, a new character called William Weatharall Wilkins, replacing Dick Van Dyke in his other role in the film as Elder Mr. Dawes, the role that proved that he could indeed attempt a decent English accent (though RP not Cockney). Van Dyke may return in a cameo, considering he no longer needs to be put in layers of makeup for the role.
Production on the film, to be directed by musical vet Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods and err, Mummy – Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) is due to begin in London early 2017 and will be released on Christmas Day 2018, if everything goes to plan.