USA TODAY – Emily Blunt acknowledges that it’s hard to put in words what it’s like to play author P.L. Travers’ iconic nanny, though “joyful” and “utterly magical” do come up in conversation. Julie Andrews played the role in 1964 and the flying umbrella passes to Blunt for a sequel set in 1930s Depression-era London, where Poppins revisits a now-grown Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane Banks (Emily Mortimer) when their family needs her again. Back in the day, a spoonful of sugar helped the medicine go down, but Blunt’s Poppins hews more to Travers’ literary character. “I just loved how eccentric and wacky she is in the books — incredibly vain and rude to the children,” Blunt says. “As a British person, I really responded to that lack of saccharine relationships. I find it comforting the idea of someone just sweeping in who’s no-nonsense and cleaning everything up and making everything right again in a magical way that’s not sentimental.”
Although it just recently wrapped shooting in New York, the first teaser trailer for John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place debuted yesterday. The footage fortunately doesn’t give away too much, and the concept looks quite original and intriguing. There’s still no official synopsis for the film, but more details will no doubt emerge very soon. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the trailer below.
BACKSTAGE – Talk about a power couple. Husband and wife duo Emily Blunt and John Krasinski will team up onscreen for the first time in the feature film, “A Quiet Place.” But the collaboration is not just one in front of the camera.
In addition to starring, Krasinski will also write and direct the horror-suspense film. Though “The Office” alum has directed two films previously, “A Quiet Place,” from Paramount/Platinum Dunes, will mark his first directorial gig with a major studio.
Details about the project’s plot are scant so far, however, we do know production is slated to begin this September in upstate New York. We also know that Blunt and Krasinski will play parents, while “Suburbicon” actor Noah Jupe has signed on for the role of their son.
Laura Rosenthal and Maribeth Fox are splitting duties as casting directors.
Krasinski will executive produce along with Allyson Seeger and Scott Beck & Bryan Woods. Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller, meanwhile, will produce.
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Emily’s wonderful appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, which aired yesterday (June 8). I’ll work on adding screen captures from the show this weekend. Enjoy!
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.