Disney has released several Mary Poppins Returns character posters, along with a sneak peek video. The latter features never-before-seen footage from the sequel, including a musical number performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda (of Hamilton fame).
A continuation of Disney's Oscar-winning 1964 Mary Poppins movie musical, Mary Poppins Returns takes place some 25 years after the events of its predecessor, in London circa 1935. Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer star as the now-grownup Banks children Michael and Jane, who are both reeling from a personal loss and struggling to make ends meet in the midst of the ongoing economic depression. Enter Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt, taking over from Julie Andrews), the Practically Perfect - and definitely magical - nanny who cared for the Banks family all those years ago, and has come back to help Michael, Jane, and Michael's children find some happiness in their lives again.
Miranda costars in Mary Poppins Returns as Mary's pal Jack, a lamp-lighter who helps Mary to bring (literal) light and life back to the people and streets of London. You can listen to Miranda perform one of the film's original songs by watching the sneak peek video below, then scroll down to check out those newly-released Mary Poppins Returns character posters.
Naturally, Blunt as Mary Poppins and Miranda as Jack are among the Mary Poppins Returns characters who now have posters of their own. The other one-sheets here highlight three key members of the film's supporting cast; including, Julie Walters as the Banks' reliable housekeeper Ellen, Meryl Streep as Mary's eccentric cousin Topsy, and Colin Firth as Michael's penny-pinching boss at the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, William Weatherall Wilkins. Fittingly, Walters, Streep, and Firth are all fresh off their appearances in this past summer's own movie musical sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
Between Miranda adopting an English accent for his role as Jack (a la Dick Van Dyke's Cockney accent as Bert in Mary Poppins), the clips from the film's live-action/animated sequence, and the visual homages to the original Mary Poppins sprinkled throughout these posters and the sneak peek footage, the marketing campaign for Mary Poppins Returns is really tapping into the public's collective nostalgia for Disney's classic 1964 musical, in an effort to build hype for the sequel. It seems to be working too, in no small part because the actual movie looks pretty entertaining on its own terms (nostalgic connections aside). Here's to hoping that glowing outlook doesn't start to fade over the month that's left until Mary Poppins Returns hits theaters in December.
Source: Walt Disney Studios
- Mary Poppins Returns (2018) release date: Dec 19, 2018