Walt Disney Studios just released the first teaser trailer for “Mary Poppins Returns” that includes a snippet of the song “Can You Imagine That” which you can watch above. In the long-awaited sequel to the 1964 classic Emily Blunt takes on the role that won Julie Andrews an Oscar. In this follow-up, Poppins’ original charges, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer), are now grown up.
Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters), live in the house on Cherry Tree Lane. Dick Van Dyke, who was both chimney sweep Bert and bank president Mr. Dawes Sr. in the original film, returns to play Dawes, Jr. in this version. Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda takes on a new role as Bert’s apprentice Jack as does Oscar winner Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) as the banker William Weatherall Wilkins. Three-time Oscar champ Meryl Streep is Poppins’ crazy cousin Topsy while five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury is the Balloon Lady.
Director Rob Marshall, who helmed the 2002 Best Picture winner “Chicago,” worked with Blunt and Streep on “Into the Woods.” Tony Awards champs Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray”) have composed new songs. And Oscar nominee David Magee (“Life of Pi”) has taken some of the seven later books by Poppins creator P.L. Travers to fashion a story set a quarter-century later than the first film.
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