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Mary Poppins Returns Teaser Premieres

On Sunday night, with a little prompting by a commercial shown during the 90th Academy Awards, Disney dropped the long-awaited teaser trailer for the highly-anticipated Mary Poppins Returns, set to premiere this ChristmasAs a child, Mary Poppins was one of my favorite movies. I would have daily re-watches—and sometimes re-watch it more than once in a day. The sequel is written by David Magee (Finding Neverland), with music composed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, NBC’s Smash),  and directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods.) Actress Emily Blunt (The Jane Austin Book Club, Into the Woods) is in the titular role (with the new casting, this definitely gives some support to the idea that Mary is a Time Lady of the Doctor Who variety, am I right?) And while the original Mary Poppins, Dame Julie Andrews, will not be making an appearance in the sequel, Dame Andrews did give her blessing to Emily Blunt to be the magical nanny. Broadway golden boy and one of Disney’s newest favorites Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s Hamilton, Disney’s Moana) joins Mary as Jack the lamplighter, having a similar role to Dick Van Dyke’s Bert from the original film. And fans of Van Dyke’s work can be excited to hear that he’ll be reprising his role of Mr. Dawes (the younger) from the 1964 film.

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Ben Whishaw (Q in the James Bond franchise and Paddington Bear) is portraying the grown-up Michael Banks with Emily Mortimer (Cars 2, Match Point) as a grown up version of Jane Banks. Mary Poppins returns to the lives of the Banks children—now Michael with three children of his own—after a tragedy touches the lives of the family.  The cast of Mary Poppins Returns is just phenomenal. In addition to the main cast, the supporting cast includes Meryl Steep as Mary’s cousin Topsy, Colin Firth as William Weatherall Wilkins (Michael Banks’s boss at the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank–or to be more specific the Dawes Tomes Mousley Grubbs Fidelity Fiduciary Bank), David Warner as Admiral Boom (who was the Banks’s next door neighbor in Mary Poppins), Julie Walters as the Banks’s maid Ellen (another returning face from the original Mary Poppins), and Dame Angela Lansbury as the Balloon Lady. Of the supporting cast, I am particularly excited to see Colin Firth as the presumable antagonist to the Banks’s family as the president of the bank. Firth seems to have a penchant for playing interesting and colorful characters, including Lord Wessex from Shakespeare in Love, Geoffrey Thwaites from the St Trinian‘s films and Harry Deane from Gambit. Firth’s Weatherall Wilkins seems to be one character that has not seen any promotion and I believe that is being done intentionally, which makes me ever more curious about the new president of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. Now as for Dame Angela Lansbury, a few years after Mary Poppins came out, Dame Lansbury was in Bedknobs and Broomsticks with actor David Tomlinson–who had portrayed George Banks in Mary Poppins. To now see Dame Lansbury in the Mary Poppins sequel, more than forty years after Bedknobs and Broomsticks premiered, is such a wonderful treat.

The minute and a half long trailer leaves much to the imagination, but it does a nice job of establishing the location–with the familiar 17 Cherry Tree Lane in full view–and introduces us to grown-up Jane and Michael Banks, Michael’s three young children, Jack the lamplighter, and Mary herself (cheeky, of course.)  Check out the trailer below and let us know your thoughts about it.

In the mean time, if you would like to get more than a heaping spoonful of Mary Poppins before Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns December 25th release date, be sure to check out writer P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins novels, including the sequel novel Mary Poppins Comes BackIf you haven’t seen it yet–or haven’t seen it in a while–the Disney film Saving Mr. Banks, the bio-pic that tells how Mary Poppins was made, with Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, deserves a screening.



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