Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, I’ve updated the gallery with some great new photos from Mary Poppins Returns–including stills and images from rehearsals.
Fantastic news! We have yet another new look at Emily and the production of Mary Poppins Returns in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, which hits newsstands this Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – It’s no secret that all nannies are compared to one single, supernaturally-inclined doyenne of discipline who flew in on the eastern wind in 1964. The iconic character has stayed in the hearts of moviegoers in the decades since she first burst onto the screen — and now, she’s back.
Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns (in theaters Christmas 2018) might be one of the highest-profile sequels ever attempted, more than half a century after Walt Disney’s cinematic classic immortalized the careers of Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, smashed records, got a word in the dictionary (guess which one) and become one of the most cherished films of all time. Set in 1910, the original film, loosely based on the first two volumes of P.L. Travers’ eight-book series, told the story of how Mary Poppins united an absent father and his two playful children through her singular, enigmatic magic. But there were six more Travers books, bursting with more characters and stories, waiting to be adapted on screen one day.
Mary Poppins Returns, directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods), picks up 25 years after the events of the first film, fast-forwarding to London’s mid-1930s economic slump, the actual time period of Travers’ books. Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane has become the warm, loving home that banker and artist Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) shares with his wife and three children. But after the sudden death of Michael’s wife, the Banks family is shattered — even enthusiastic aunt Jane (Emily Mortimer), now a fervent union organizer, and long-time housemaid Ellen (Julie Walters) can’t help lift spirits — and so in time, the once-blossoming home is on the verge of foreclosure.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – James Corden is hosting The Late Late Show from London next week, and he’s recruited some notable names for his homecoming.
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Kit Harington, David Beckham, Emily Blunt, Ed Sheeran, and Jennifer Hudson will be among the British host’s guests, while Harry Styles and Kings of Leon are slated to perform.
The three shows will be broadcast from Central Hall Westminster in London from Tuesday, June 6 through Thursday, June 8 at 12:37 a.m. ET/PT on CBS.
The show’s notable bits will receive a “British twist,” and Sheeran will hop in the car with Corden for a Carpool Karaoke segment.
IGN – The Edge of Tomorrow sequel will see both of the first film’s lead actors return, and it has a title – Live Die The Edge of Tomorrow sequel will see both of the first film’s lead actors return, and it has a title – Live Die Repeat and Repeat.
Speaking to Collider, director Doug Liman reiterated that the film’s two stars will make a return, and that the project is definitely still in motion:
“We have an amazing story! It’s incredible! Way better than the first film, and I obviously loved the first film. It will be called Live Die Repeat and Repeat. Tom [Cruise] is excited about it, and Emily Blunt is excited about it. The big question is just when we’ll do it. But it’s not an if, it’s a when.”
If you’re not up on Edge of Tomorrow’s slightly ludicrous set of titles, let me explain. The first movie was based on a Hiroshi Sakurazaka novel called All You Need is Kill. After a negative response to the word “kill”, the film’s title was changed to the somewhat abstract Edge of Tomorrow.
After the film failed to perform at the box office, its home entertainment releases put more emphasis on the tagline, “Live. Die. Repeat.”, leading some retailers to market it under that name instead. It seems as though a title’s finally stuck (and then become immediately confusing again for the sequel).
Liman has previously said that the new film will “revolutionize how people make sequels”, and has writing duo Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse attached to script.
We gave the first film a 7.5, saying it was a “time-travelling mind-bender that unfortunately isn’t quite the sum of its parts.” While it disappeared at the box office, the film went on to become something of a cult hit after heading into homes.
DEADLINE – If Comic-Con is known for announcing guest stars on fan-fave TV shows, then CinemaCon is known for its release date announcements. Ahead of its presentation here in Las Vegas tomorrow afternoon, Paramount has set opening dates for the George Clooney-directed Suburbicon on November 3 wide, Action Point on March 23 next year, and John Krasinski’s directorial A Quiet Place starring his wife Emily Blunt on April 13, 2018.
Starring Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Oscar Isaac, Suburbicon will arguably be upscale adult counter-programmer to Disney/Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, not to mention that first weekend in November is typically a hot launch pad for an awards contender (Best Picture nominee Hacksaw Ridge being one of the most recent titles to debut during that slot).
Action Point, previously known as Action Park, is the Johnny Knoxville comedy that Deadline broke exclusively. It centers on the idea of comedy stuntman Knoxville and his cohorts operating their own irresponsible theme park. The comedy goes up against Lionsgate’s Robin Hood, Sony’s Peter Rabbit and Fox’s animated pic Anubis.
A Quiet Place, which teams Krasinski and Blunt on the screen together for the first time, will square off against an untitled Universal monster movie next April. Plot for A Quiet Place is being kept under wraps.
Great news! Emily and John starring together in a thriller? Count me in. I loved both Wind Chill and Curiosity, so it’s nice to see Emily back in a thriller.
VARIETY – Hollywood couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt will co-star in their first feature film together.
Krasinksi is set to write and direct the Paramount/Platinum Dunes supernatural thriller “A Quiet Place,” marking his third directorial effort and first for a major studio, and also star opposite his wife Blunt in the film.
Krasinski previously helmed critically acclaimed indie “The Hollars” last year and “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men” in 2009.
Michael Bay will produce along with his partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes. Scott Beck and Bryan Woods wrote the earlier draft. Krasinski and his Sunday Night partner Allyson Seeger will serve as executive producers alongside Beck and Woods.
The film goes into production this fall.
Plot details are unknown.
Krasinski and Platinum Dunes last collaborated on Bay’s 2016 drama “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” They’re also re-teaming on the upcoming Amazon and Paramount Television series “Jack Ryan,” which Dunes is producing and Krasinski is toplining as the iconic CIA analyst. The show will premiere sometime in 2018.
During their time together in pre-production meetings on “Jack Ryan,” Krasinski expressed interest in doing a genre film in the vein of “The Purge” and “Ouija,” leading them to “The Quiet Place,” which the banner had recently acquired.
Krasinski next appears in Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming movie about the Detroit Riots and was an executive producer on the Oscar-nominated drama “Manchester by the Sea.”
Blunt will star in Disney’s “Mary Poppins” sequel “Mary Poppins Returns,” which hits theaters on Dec. 25, 2018.
Sources say Krasinski and Blunt, who wed in 2010, prefer keeping their work and home lives separate, but neither wanted to pass up the film after reading the script.
Blunt is represented by CAA and The Artists Partnership, and Krasinski and Platinum Dunes are repped by WME.
Earlier today, Disney released our very first look at Emily as the title character in Mary Poppins Returns–very exciting! You can view the full size image by clicking the preview photo below.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – She’s practically perfect from every angle.
Disney has just released a dazzling first look at Mary Poppins Returns, the forthcoming sequel in which the titular nanny is played by the correspondingly magical Emily Blunt. The original follow-up to the cherished 1964 musical will arrive in theaters Dec. 25, 2018.
In this new image, we get just a taste of all the trappings that will help transform Blunt into the legendary caretaker — namely, a stunning peacock-cobalt ruffled coat and a deep rich bird-adorned pink hat, both instantly parallel to but distinctive from what Julie Andrews donned in 1964. Mary Poppins’ boundless carpet bag, on the other hand, has received a complete makeover (though the jury is out on whether its endless contents have changed).
What’s more is that Mary looks to be right back on the edge of Cherry Tree Lane, the famed street where the stern but whimsical nanny first flew into the Banks family’s life years prior — 20, to be practically precise.
Mary Poppins Returns picks up two-and-change decades after the events of the 1964 film, furthering the adventures of Mary Poppins and the Banks children, Jane and Michael, who have long since grown up (they’re played in the film by Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw) but are no less in need of their former minder. The new tale, as penned by screenwriter David Magee, is set in Depression-era London and finds Mary Poppins returning to help the family rediscover joy after Michael suffers a personal loss.
The film pulls from stories within the other seven books of P.L. Travers’ original children’s series. As the Banks children grew, so did their travels with Mary Poppins, who popped in and out of their lives throughout the additional novels along with several other ephemeral characters that will now finally find their way onscreen (like recently-announced Angela Lansbury, who plays a maniacal balloon vendor).
In addition to Blunt, the principal cast also includes Lin-Manuel Miranda as a musical lamplighter named Jack, Meryl Streep as Mary’s cousin Topsy, Colin Firth as banker William Weatherall Wilkins, Julie Walters as loyal housekeeper Ellen, and a trio of newcomers filling the roles of Michael Banks’ children. Original star Dick Van Dyke will also make a featured appearance in the sequel.
Mary Poppins Returns reunites Blunt with director Rob Marshall, who most recently oversaw both Blunt and Streep in Disney’s film adaptation of Into the Woods in 2014. Marshall has enlisted Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman to compose new music for the film, which will be produced by the director, his partner John DeLuca, and film/stage producer (recently and notably, of La La Land) Marc Platt.