Bringing Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, an original film musical, to the big screen was a massive undertaking. From developing a new story about the next generation of the Banks family to creating new music that feels fresh but with nostalgic elements, director Rob Marshall and his team faced numerous challenges.
But without the right actors to bring that magic to life, the work would be in vain. An impressive array of acclaimed actors, led by Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep, helped Marshall accomplish his mission.
Blunt plays the title role of MARY POPPINS, the practically-perfect nanny whose unique magical skills can turn any ordinary task into a fantastic adventure. Returning once again to the home of the Banks family having not aged a single day, the enigmatic governess helps the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss.
An old friend of Mary Poppins, JACK (Miranda) is a charming and eternally optimistic lamplighter. Together, they take the Banks’ children on a series of whimsical adventures and introduce them to colorful characters, bringing life, love and laughter back into their home.
Firth portrays WILLIAM WEATHERALL WILKINS who runs Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, the financial institution where Michael Banks currently works. While he appears to be a congenial and altruistic mentor to Banks, he is actually duplicitous and shrewd, as he is in the process of foreclosing on the Banks’ home.
A distant cousin of Mary Poppins with whom she has a contentious but lovable relationship, COUSIN TOPSY (Streep) runs a fix-it shop which turns upside down the “Second Wednesday” of every month. Quite eccentric with an untraceable accent, she discovers the value of seeing things from a “new point of view.”
Mary Poppins Returns opens in Philippine cinemas nationwide on Tuesday, January 8.