The very first trailer for Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ was released this morning and TBH, it had me in tears.
Mary Poppins is one of my all-time favorite Disney films and, in fact, Dick Van Dyke as Bert was one of my very first real-person crushes (the first crush being He-Man, obviously). So, when some time ago, I heard rumors of a remake, my thoughts were anything but Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
The good news is that it is NOT a remake but instead, an all new original musical and sequel to the original film.
Emily Blunt (‘A Quiet Place,‘ ‘The Girl on the Train’) stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and LinManuel Miranda (‘Hamilton,’ ‘Moana’ and my dreams) plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.
You’ll also see Emily Mortimer (‘Hugo’) as Jane Banks, Colin Firth (‘The King’s Speech’), Meryl Streep (‘Florence Foster Jenkins’) as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. Also making appearances in the film are Angela Lansbury and Dick Van Dyke!
The film takes place in 1930s Depression-era London 24 years after the first film was set. Michael Banks works for the same financial institution that employed his father and still lives at 17 Cherry Tree Lane with his three children, Annabel, John and Georgie and their housekeeper Ellen. Carrying on in her mother’s tradition, Jane Banks campaigns for workers’ rights and provides a helping hand to Michael’s family. When the family suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins magically re-enters their lives and with Jack’s help, brings joy and wonder back into their home.
‘Mary Poppins Returns‘ will be released in U.S. theaters on December 19, 2018.