‘Mary Poppins Returns’ is just a few weeks away and Disney teased the upcoming musical on Monday night with a “Special Look” trailer for fans. In the new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins has returned to the Banks family after they have suffered a personal loss.
The sequel will be the long awaited follow-up to the original Disney Classic that released in 1964. Emily Blunt stars as the iconic nanny in the new installment, with Lin-Manuel Miranda playing her friend Jack, the optimistic street lamplighter. The music score is by Marc Shaiman and the film features all new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman. The film also stars Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and introducing Joel Dawson as the Banks’ children, with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. 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” was directed by Rob Marshall, working from a screenplay by David Magee. The screen story is from Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca, and the film is based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, and Marc Platt, with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. Disney fans can watch the official trailer below.
“Mary Poppins Returns” will hit theaters on December 19th.
The next big Disney installment is “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” which is scheduled to release on November 2nd. That film features Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Mackenzie Foy, and Matthew Macfadyen. “The Nutcracker and The Four Realms” will be Disney‘s big holiday release this year, with “Ralph Breaks the Internet” set to release a few weeks later from PIXAR.