– by Seth McDonald

She’s been gone an awfully long time, but later this year, Mary Poppins will return. The sequel to the Disney classic, Mary Poppins Returns, will be set decades after the first film, with the children from the original film all grown up. Actress Emily Blunt, who will be taking over the iconic role recently spoke with Variety, and talked about how the new film will be different.

“‘[The director] Rob Marshall called me a couple of years ago and pitched it to me,’ the actress told the outlet. ‘The script hadn’t been written and they hadn’t written the songs, they were just crafting a narrative. He explained that this was much more in the same world as the books. It’s set in the ’30s during the Great Depression, which is when P.L. Travers wrote them. It was the idea of having a darker backdrop in which hope could reappear from the skies. I loved the idea and I love and believe in him.'”

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I, of course, watched the original as a kid, it is one of those classic Disney family films. Not being a fan of musicals, I have to say it does help when at least one of the songs have nonsensical phrases in them. As for a Mary Poppins sequel?  I think Disney is making a smart move to bring the beloved character to a new generation of children, and continuing the story instead of retelling it, is the way to go about it. Putting the characters in a darker setting will make the sun shine all the more brighter when it inevitably comes out.

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Source: Variety