What better antidote to the Monday morning blues than a proper dose of childlike wonder and whimsy? As it just so happens, there’s plenty of both in the first full-length trailer for Mary Poppins Returns, Disney's majorly anticipated sequel to the 1964 Julie Andrews–starring classic. Here, it’s Emily Blunt as the lovable nanny who returns to the grown-up Banks kids, played by Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer.
It seems as though the weight of adulthood has taken its toll on the Banks, who now have kids of their own. It’s up to Mary to remind them that life can be full of magic, especially when there’s singing and dancing involved. And with Chicago director Rob Marshall at the helm, as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda starring as Jack the Lamplighter, you better believe there’ll be plenty of both. In fact, the trailer doesn’t skimp on revealing many of the film’s big-ticket dance sequences, which, like the original, combine live action with animation. There’s an underwater sequence that looks absolutely breathtaking and dancing penguins appear to remind us that this is, indeed, the magical world of Disney that we’re in.
And while the film is clearly a star vehicle for Blunt, she’ll have plenty of help from some other very familiar faces, including none other than Blunt's Devil Wears Prada co-star Meryl Streep, who stars as Mary’s cousin Topsy, Colin Firth as a banker, and Angela Lansbury as the Balloon Woman. Even Dick Van Dyke is back to reprise his role from the original, and as the trailer suggests, he hasn’t lost a step. This looks like a big, bold, feel-good musical that could make a lot of noise come awards season. We can’t wait.
Mary Poppins Returns flies into theatres December 19. Watch the trailer, below.