The first trailer for Disney's Mary Poppins Returns is now online. The film comes from Oscar-nominated director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods) and is based on a script from Finding Neverland scribe David Magee. It's a sequel to Robert Stevenson's iconic 1964 film, Mary Poppins, which was written by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi and based on the novel of the same name by P.L. Travers. Mary Poppins was also one of the last films that Walt Disney ever produced before his death in 1966.
Mary Poppins Returns takes place 25 years after the first movie (despite releasing 54 years later in real-time) and stars Emily Blunt as the eponymous character, alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack, Meryl Streep as Topsy-Turvy Poppins, Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks, and Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks. Dick Van Dyke is also returning for the sequel as Mr. Dawes Jr. (originally played by Arthur Malet, who passed away in 2013). On the other hand, Julie Andrews rejected an offer to cameo in the sequel because she felt it was Blunt's time to shine. Mary Poppins Returns started filming in February 2017 and wrapped production that July, and the film is slated to hit theaters this Christmas. While it's still quite a ways off, Disney is giving viewers a taste of what's to come.
Walt Disney Studios has finally released the first trailer for Mary Poppins Returns, which depicts Mary Poppins' return several years later to help take care of Michael's children after he suffers a personal loss. This trailer provides audiences with their first real look at the movie following an initial look at the sequel in April of last year and Disney teasing the film throughout that following summer. You can watch the trailer in the section above.
Mary Poppins Returns has been referred to as an "extension" of the original novel and of the original film by Rob Marshall, who said in 2016 that the sequel borrows elements from Travers' seven other Mary Poppins books, the last of which was published in 1988 - just eight years prior to Travers' death in 1996. Marshall believes that the Mary Poppins novels were the Harry Potter of their time, so he feels that it's best not to try to remake the first one, but rather provide a new story that builds on the original story. After all, Marshall also said that the reason for the belated sequel is because there are a wealth of Mary Poppins stories out there that haven't been told on the big screen yet.
What's more, this sequel comes just a few years after John Lee Hancock's Saving Mr. Banks (another Mary Poppins-centered Disney film) hit theaters, thus seemingly indicating that Disney has had Mary Poppins on their minds for quite some time. The film was written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith, and it starred Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers. It told a fictionalized story of Disney's real attempts to acquire the film rights to Travers' novel in the early 1960s. And now it looks like Walt Disney Studios is looking to bring Mary Poppins back for real with Mary Poppins Returns this holiday season.
- Mary Poppins Returns (2018) release date: Dec 19, 2018