Mary Poppins is back and she’s hardly aged a bit, but then one never discusses a woman’s age, she scolds in a new trailer for the big-screen remake of the 1964 Disney classic. “I thought I taught you better,” she says.
Emily Blunt plays Poppins, a stern but loving nanny, a role made iconic by Julie Andrews. Andrews, now 82, doesn’t appear in the new film, but Dick Van Dyke, 92, who starred in the original as Burt the Chimney Sweep, makes a cameo appearance.
The film also stars Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth and the indomitable Meryl Streep.
The new trailer suggests the film will be just as magical as the original. “The world is fragile right now, and people need a film like this,” Blunt said last year in a London Sunday Times interview.
She’s got that right.
In the film titled “Mary Poppins Returns,” the world’s most famous nanny drops in (literally) on the Banks family. Her two charges, Michael (Winshaw) and Jane (Mortimer), are grown now. The film is set in the 1930s, about 25 years after the date of the original.
Mary makes a magical entry, riding down from the clouds on a kite to help the family in time of need; they’re mourning after Michael loses his wife. The family is falling apart and they’re about to lose their home.
But the mindful nanny soon straightens things out and takes the children on a magical adventure. The CGI turns the film into an explosion of color. Miranda and Winshaw are featured in the clip but Streep and Van Dyke are featured in snippets.
“Chicago” director Rob Marshall helms the sequel, based on a screenplay by David Magee. Can a Broadway adaptation be far behind?
“It’s incredibly hopeful,” Blunt said of the film.
It debuts during the holiday film season and should be a blockbuster. Check out the new trailer below and the first one released during the Oscars earlier this year.