Mary Poppins Returns teaser footage delighted D23 Expo attendees over the weekend. The new film, a sequel to Disney’s Mary Poppins, stars Emily Blunt as the eccentric Mary Poppins. The actress, along with the film’s director Rob Marshall, shared fun facts to an excited audience who cheered wildly during the film’s introduction. I am a huge fan of the 1964 original film as well Oscar-award winning actress Julie Andrews! I was skeptical at first, but any trepidations I had all went away after seeing the first teaser trailer for Mary Poppins Returns.
Emily Blunt shared with D23Expo guests how she made the character her own, “I needed to try to pay homage to Julie Andrews but carve out a new space for myself. And we were very loyal to the books.” Blunt was a fan of the movie as well as Poppins as a person, “I found the movie magical,” she continued, “No one is going to outdo Julie Andrews. I had to do my own version of her.”
Marshall told audiences, “I was incredibly honored to be approached by Disney about directing a sequel. 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.” He also gave us a few facts about the film- it is almost 25 years after the first film. Fans will immediately recognize 17 Cherry Tree Lane in London but it takes place during the Great Depression. Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) and his children along with his sister Jane are dealing with a crisis and Mary Poppins plays them a visit.
The D23 audience were among the first to see exclusive reel which showed us Blunt’s supporting cast including Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Creator of Hamilton, playing Jack and Colin Firth (one of my favorite actors) acting as William Weatherall Wilkin plus Dick Van Dyke who is Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank and we get glimpses of Meryl Streep as Topsy and Angela Lansbury as Balloon Lady. We’ll be treated to a score and new songs written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Witman. The soundtrack for the original film is enchanting. I hope they find a way to work in “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”.
The D23 crowd roared while viewing the short footage. I admit it, I teared up when I saw Mary Poppins’s appear behind her umbrella. Emily looks gorgeous in an updated Poppins’ nanny attire and she lit the up the screen, just like Julie Andrews! I’m in love! I can’t wait for the film which glides into theaters December 25, 2018.
Enjoy this Moving Poster!