The first trailer for Mary Poppins Returns premiered at the Oscars on Sunday. It begins with a kite blowing in the wind down Cherry Tree Lane, before cutting to a a boy who chases it. With the help of Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), he reels it in, but not before a sighting of a familiar silhouette floating magically through the air. The trailer then briefly cuts to the Banks house where Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael (Ben Whishaw) are shown as surprised looking adults. We get a mere glimpse of Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins who checks herself in the mirror.
Whilst the trailer serves well to create suspense, it reveals little about the film and why you should watch it (let’s be honest, we’re all a little skeptical about not having Julie Andrews play Mary Poppins). Luckily, we’ve done some of the ground work. Here are five reasons you should be excited about Mary Poppins Returns.
- Emily Blunt starring as Mary Poppins
Filling the shoes of Julie Andrews was never going to be an easy task. Julie Andrews pretty much is Mary Poppins (perfect in every way). We knew a while back that Emily Blunt looked the part. Whilst we see her for only five seconds in the trailer, those five seconds sure as hell embody exactly who Mary Poppins is. We’re pretty excited to see just how well she fills those shoes when the film is released!
2. Based off the books
The original Mary Poppins film was based off a series of books by P.L Travers. The new film will also be based off those books, which means Disney hasn’t just banged together some random story about Poppins. The film is said to pick up 25 years after the original story with Mary Poppins returning to Cherry Tree Lane and taking Michael, his children and Jane on an epic adventure.
3. It’s a musical
As if it could be anything but. We’re all still singing along to songs from The Greatest Showman, so we can’t wait to see what bangers Disney has created for this film.
4. The all-star cast
The cast is filled with big name actors and actresses. Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton creator) will be playing lamplighter Jack. Meryl Streep and Colin Firth will also be making appearances in the film. You know what they say, a spoonful of all-star actors make the medicine go down!
5. There will be a cameo!
Unfortunately Julie Andrews declined an offer to make an appearance in the film. Sad face! Fans shouldn’t despair too much though, because 91-year-old Dick Van Dyke who played Bert in the original film will be making an appearance instead.
Mary Poppins Returns will be released on Boxing Day in Australia.