Mary Poppins Returns motion poster featuring Emily Blunt

Angelica Greene
July 17, 2017

Director Rob Marshall and actress Emily Blunt took the stage at D23 Expo 2017 on Saturday to present the first-ever footage from Mary Poppins Returns, a followup to Disney's 1964 classic.

The annual event, which took place over the weekend, offered first looks and teases for some of Disney's most promising projects.

From there on out, there's more whimsy, color and humor as we see Mary begin to bring back the joy and wonder that had been missing in the Banks' lives.

Emily Blunt is Mary Poppins in the upcoming sequel, #MaryPoppinsReturns.

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Mary Poppins, the movie based on the popular children's books by author P.L. Travers, followed a magical flying British nanny as she improved the lives of the unhappy Banks family with the aid of chirpy Cockney chimney sweep Bert.

Emily Blunt has been quite popular for her role in Devil Wears A Prada, a strictly professional New Yorker dedicated to her job.

"I found that I watched about 15 minutes of the original and then just stopped watching it because I needed to kind of try and pay homage to what Julie did but carve out new space for myself", telling the fans. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Meryl Streep). Marshall shared, "I was incredibly honored to be approached by Disney about directing a sequel". Mary Poppins Returns draws from the material in these additional books. "This is a brand new original film musical from top to bottom, which is very rare, and it is a wonderful opportunity to create something specifically for the screen". This year, there is a whole lot to look forward to, but somehow, Mary Poppins Returns cut through all of the big franchise noise and became one of the most buzzed about movies. Van Dyke himself also made an appearance in the trailer, along with Colin Firth, who plays heartless bank manager Mr Wilkins.

Directed by Rob Marshall, with songs from the duo of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), Mary Poppins Returns will premiere on December 25, 2018.

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