Walt Disney Studios has released some new footage from their Mary Poppins sequel, and it features the star herself, Emily Blunt.
In a tweet that included the new footage, the House of Mouse wrote, "Emily Blunt is Mary Poppins in the upcoming sequel, #MaryPoppinsReturns. The brand new film opens in [theaters] December 2018."
The clip is brief, but it features Blunt as Poppins revealing herself from behind an umbrella as the scenery around her turns from dark to sunny.
Sean Bailey, Head of Production from Disney's live action studio, started off the presentation by complimenting the music of Disney films and goes on to highlight the Sherman Brothers, the musicians behind the original Mary Poppins.
Rob Marshall directs Mary Poppins with John DeLucas and Marc Platt producing, with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman composing the music.
"Two dozen years beyond the events of the original films," he said. "As we know it here in the States, the Great Depressions."
The heartless Bank Manager, Mr. Wilkins played by Colin Firth, wreaks havoc on their life. "Dame Andrews is a very, very tough act to follow but I think we can agree that, in Emily Blunt, we have found the perfect actress to fill those shoes."
Bailey runs through images of the cast and crew, including Lin Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, and Dick van Dyke. Emily BLunt and director Rob Marshall take the stage. Marshall is excited to make the film about Mary Poppins as others as older characters.
"We both and the entire company and the creative time feel very protective of the original film because we love it so much," Marshall said. "That's that and will always be that. This is living in that world with a foot in the past and a foot in the future and telling that story."
"I watched about 15 minutes of the original and then just stopped watching it," Blunt said. "I had to do my version of her. I think we were very loyal to the books." She says they went in a direction of the books which see Poppins as a sarcastic, often rude yet fun character.
"It's a dream cast," Marshall said. "Every person we approached said yes immediately." He goes on to call this film "a gift to the world" while it needs something of the sort before telling a story about Dick van Dyke coming on set. "He said, 'It feels exactly the same. The same feeling of joy in making the film.' And that was the highest compliment."
"Poppins is a big ole musical," Blunt said.
Marshall points out that the new film uses set items and props from the original film. He was ecstatic to point out they got the original table with the phone on it.
In addition to Dumbo, Disney has unveiled its slate of films through 2019 at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.
The slate features the next films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Star Wars franchise and numerous Pixar and Disney favorites.
Later this year, fans will be getting Thor: Ragnarok, Pixar's Coco and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
In 2018, Disney is planning nine releases: Black Panther, the Star Wars Han Solo film, A Wrinkle in Time, Wreck-It Ralph 2, The Incredibles 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and Mary Poppins Returns.
Disney will match that in 2019 with nine more films: Captain Marvel, Dumbo, Toy Story 4, The Lion King, an Avengers film, Frozen 2, Mulan, Star Wars: Episode IX and another untitled animated feature.
More details on these films are expected throughout the D23 Expo.
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Disney just dropped a bombshell for one of their live-action remakes of an animated classic, as production details begin to release for Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of Aladdin.
Sean Bailey announced at D23 that Will Smith is confirmed to play Genie in the live-action movie, joined by Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine.
The news comes after reports that Disney and Ritchie were having trouble finding actors to cast in the now iconic roles, but it seems like those troubles have subsided.
Smith was first reported by THR last week, but has now been confirmed. He will be playing the role made famous by the late Robin Williams, who voiced the Genie in Aladdin and the sequel Aladdin and the King of Thieves.
Scott recently starred in the Power Rangers movie, while Massoud will star in the Jack Ryan television show.
Bailey said Ritchie’s film will contain elements from the 1992 animated classic as well as the original source of inspiration, Arabian Nights, AKA One Thousand And One Nights.
The time has finally arrived!
Disney’s film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time has released its first trailer.
The film, directed by Ava DuVernay, has a star-studded cast, featuring, Chris Pine as Mr. Murry, Storm Reid as Meg, Levi Miller as Calvin, Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit, Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who, and Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which.
A Wrinkle in Time is based on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel of the same name.
The upcoming fantasy is about an ordinary teenager named Meg who is whisked away on a cosmic adventure to find her missing science teacher, played by Pine. She receives guidance from three chimerical celestial beings who help her “wrinkle” time and space.
The film opens in theaters on March 9, 2018.