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MARY POPPINS RETURNS (2018): Emily Mortimer Cast As Jane Banks

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Emily Mortimer To Play Jane Banks In Mary Poppins Returns

The Newsroom actress Emily Mortimer set to appear in Mary Poppins Returns as a grown-up version of one of the children from the original film.

Set 25 years after the events of the original Mary Poppins, the sequel will reveal what became of not just the Banks children, but the magical nanny herself. To that end, Jane’s brother Michael will also appear as an adult in the film, with Ben Whishaw having been tapped for the role.

Directing the film is Academy Award-nominee Rob Marshall, who previously worked with Disney on its big-screen adaptation of Into The Woods. Marshall will also serve as a producer on the project:

“It’s straight up a sequel,” Lin-Manuel Miranda said previously, “Michael and Jane Banks have grown up, and they find themselves in their own spot, and Mary Poppins comes back to take care of Michael’s kids. I play a lamplighter named Jack who sort of grew up apprenticing to Bert (Dick Van Dyke’s character in the 1964 film). So I know if Mary Poppins shows up, it’s gonna get awesome. I perform that function in the movie, of saying: ‘Y’all don’t know about Mary Poppins. When Mary’s around, cool sh– happens.’“

Emily Blunt will play the title role in the film, which also features Meryl Streep as Poppins’ cousin Topsy.

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