First look at Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins

Sandy Mccarthy
July 17, 2017

Avengers, Mary Poppins and Luke Skywalker brought star power to Walt Disney Co's annual D23 fan convention on Sunday, as the studio drummed up excitement for upcoming films including a live-action "Lion King", "Aladdin" and "Dumbo".

Disney have released the first moving poster of Emily Blunt as the practically ideal nanny for Mary Poppins Returns - a sequel to the much-loved 1964 classic.

There was, however, no preview of any of the new songs written for the film by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also plays Jack the lamplighter - think Bert 2.0 - nor even a snatch of Miranda's character's voice, so whether he's playing Jack as authentic Cockney, or Van Dyke Cockney, or something else entirely, remains to be heard.

Mary Poppins Returns will take place 20 years later, following the story of a now-grown Michael Banks as he is reunited with his magical childhood nanny Mary Poppins who helps him to sort out his own children.

Director Rob Marshall and Emily Blunt took the stage together to present the sequel at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. "And we were very loyal to the books", said Blunt.

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"I found that I watched about 15 minutes of the original and then just stopped watching it because I needed to kind of try and pay homage to what Julie did but carve out new space for myself", telling the fans.

It opens as the Banks family are dealing with a tragedy which leaves Michael's three children Annabel, Georgie and John broken hearted. "In the teaser, her character says, 'Those things didn't really happen'". I just had to do my version of her'. Mary Poppins Returns draws from the material in these additional books.

The sequel, like its predecessor, is based on the book series by Australian-born P.L. Travers. Marshall shared, "I was incredibly honored to be approached by Disney about directing a sequel".

While we still have a bit of a wait for Mary Poppins Returns to hit our screens, debuting at cinemas next December, Disney has released a sneak peak of Emily Blunt as Poppins, and it's getting us excited already.

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