While the iconic nanny won’t be returning to theaters until Christmas time this year, Disney has given long time fans their first glimpse at the film with a tease during last night’s Academy Awards:
It’s definitely a teaser, and shows practically nothing about the film’s plot this time around, but it does a good job of reintroducing the character and infusing the brief footage with a strong sense of magic and wonder. While Mary Poppins has never been among my favorites, I’m eager to see if Mary Poppins Returns can recapture the magic of the original. What did you think?
“Mary Poppins Returns” stars: Emily Blunt as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure; Lin-Manuel Miranda as her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London; Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; and Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. The film also introduces three new Banks’ children played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.
Mary Poppins Returns hits theaters on December 25, 2018.