Disney has just released a dazzling first look at “Mary Poppins Returns,” the forthcoming sequel in which the titular nanny is played by the correspondingly magical Emily Blunt. This is the original follow-up to the cherished 1964 musical which will arrive in theaters Dec. 25, 2018. In this new image, we get just a taste of all the trappings that will help transform Blunt into the legendary caretaker- namely, a stunning peacock-cobalt ruffled coat and a deep rich bird-adorned pink hat, both instantly parallel to but distinctive from what Julie Andrews donned in 1964. 

Julie Andrews as magical nanny Mary Poppins in 1964 movie

Mary Poppins’ boundless carpet bag, on the other hand, has received a complete makeover (though the jury is out on whether its endless contents have changed).What’s more is that Mary looks to be right back on the edge of Cherry Tree Lane, the famed street where the stern but whimsical nanny first flew into the Banks family’s life years prior -20, to be practically precise.

First look at Emily Blunt as the Iconic nanny Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins Returns” picks up two-and-change decades after the events of the 1964 film futhering the adventures of Mary Poppins and the Banks children. Set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels by P.L. Travers), In the story, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin,Topsy (Meryl Streep)The film pulls from stories within the other seven of the eight books of author P.L. Travers’ original children’s series. As the Banks children grew, so did their travels with Mary Poppins, who popped in and out of their lives throughout the additional novels along with several other ephemeral characters that will now finally find their way onscreen (like recently-announced Angela Lansbury,who plays a maniacal balloon vendor).

In addition to Emily Blunt, the principal cast also includes Lin-Manuel Miranda as a musical lamp-lighter named Jack, Meryl Streep as Mary’s cousin Topsy, Colin Firth as banker William Weatherall Wilkins, Julie Walters as loyal housekeeper Ellen, and a trio of newcomers filling the roles of Michael Banks’ children. Original star from the 1964 movie Dick Van Dyke will also make a featured appearance in the sequel. 

Mary Poppins Returns” reunites Emily Blunt with director Rob Marshall, who most recently oversaw both Blunt and Streep in Disney’s film adaptation of “Into the Woods” in 2014. Marshall has enlisted Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman to compose new music for the film, which will be produced by the director, his partner John DeLuca, and film/stage producer (recently and notably, of La La Land) Marc Platt.
In Theatres 25th December, 2018. 


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