The first footage of Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins has been released

The first footage of Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins has been released

The first footage of Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins has been released

The sparking cast also includes Colin Firth as the cruel bank manager Wilkins, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lamplighter Jack, Angela Lansbury as the Balloon Lady, Meryl Streep as Mary's cousin Topsy and, in a nice nod back to the original, Dick Van Dyke as bank chairman Mr. Dawes.

We hope you enjoy this special image-in-motion of Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins from Disney's original musical Mary Poppins Returns, an all-new sequel to the 1964 Mary Poppins, which features a fresh sensibility while celebrating the spirit of the original.

It opens as the Banks family are dealing with a tragedy which leaves Michael's three children Annabel, Georgie and John broken hearted. Lin-Manuel Miranda is seen dancing with a ladder as a chimney sweep.

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". "I wanted to pay homage to Julie and then carve out my own niche and do my own version of her".

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"As a kid, I found the idea that this magical mysterious person whisking into their lives and making everything right again really comforting", said Blunt.

"We both and the entire company and the creative time feel very protective of the original film because we love it so much", Marshall said. "She's just unbelievable", before teasing that her version of Mary is a little more "acerbic and odd and vain" like the character is in the books. The film will be released shortly before Mary Poppins Returns next Christmas. Blunt looks happy to be playing the iconic character, and is sure to give an incredible performance in the 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. However, the subsequent adventures of Mary Poppins remained only on the pages of the seven other P.L. Travers' books.

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