A new featurette from behind-the-scenes of Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns talks with the stars and creative team behind the film on how the music of the film helps bring the magical nanny back to the big screen. The original score from the Sherman Brothers was so iconic, there’s a lot to live up to for the creative team.
Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman wrote a new score for the film–one that star Lin-Manuel Miranda says is filled with “incredible, enchanting original music.”
“This is a film with great hope and spectacle,” said Emily Blunt, who plays Mary Poppins in the sequel. “And it’s moving, so I think it’s a very important film to be making right now.”
Watch the full trailer for Mary Poppins Returns:
You may also be interested in the seven new images from Mary Poppins Returns featured over at Entertainment Weekly. The film does not shy away from replicating the dazzling mix of animation and live-action we found in the original.
We have a few here:
About the film:
In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.
“Mary Poppins Returns” is directed by Rob Marshall. The screenplay is by David Magee and the screen story is by Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a. and Marc Platt, p.g.a. with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. The music score is by Marc Shaiman and the film features all new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman.
The film also stars Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and introducing Joel Dawson as the Banks’ children, with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes, Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.
Mary Poppins Returns will bring its magic to theatres December 19!