There’s one present we’re looking forward to more than any other this Christmas – and that’s Mary Poppins Returns.
54 years after the classic original Mary Poppins movie, Disney’s new follow-up is set in 1930s London, quarter of a century after the events of the first film.
Watch the first teaser:
Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria) is taking over the role the practically-perfect nanny, and she’ll be joined by Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda as her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.
Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer are playing the grown-up Banks children, Jane and Michael, with Julie Walters as the family’s housekeeper, Ellen.
Watch the full trailer:
Colin Firth plays Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins, alongside original Mary Poppins star Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.
The incredible cast also features Disney legend Angela Lansbury (Bedknobs and Broomsticks) as the Balloon Lady.
Watch a behind the scenes featurette:
In the new story, Jane and Michael Banks are now adults, with Michael still living on Cherry Tree Lane. He lives there with his three children and housekeeper Ellen.
When Michael suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins comes back to the Banks family with street lamplighter Jack and eccentric cousin Topsy.
Watch a clip:
Emily Blunt recently commented: “The world is fragile right now, and people need a film like this.
“It’s incredibly hopeful. I didn’t watch the original while shooting, but it’s seared into my memory – this idea of her as this incredibly unsentimental character who swept into their lives and made it all right. I found a great comfort in that as a child.”
Watch another preview:
Mary Poppins Returns is released in the USA on 19th December and in the UK on 21st December.
The original Mary Poppins movie is available on DVD on Amazon.