Mary Poppins director says he wants to mention gay rights in the third movie


In an interview with The Advocate, the filmmaker Rob Marshall, who is gay, was asked whether he considered it possible to mention the rainbow community in the third part of his modern interpretation of the classic child story. And he gave an affirmative respond. The original Mary Poppins, which was set in 1910, featured Winifred Banks (Glynis Johns) fighting for women’s right to vote, while sequel Mary Poppins Returns, set in the 1930s, saw Jane Banks (Emily Mortimer) fighting for the rights of the working class. Logically, if to consider time frames, the next social issue the Banks family should bother about is LGBT rights. But Marshall says that the time gap between the second and the third part will be smaller than between the first and the second – the characters will stay in 1930s, when nobody talked about LGBT rights. But he would try at least to hint on it, just because it is very important. “I understand so deeply what it’s like to be on the outskirts and not feel like you are worthy,” said the director, “And I will say that kind of passion to explore acceptance in life is something that’s so important. And so, yes, I’d be all for that, for sure.”


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