Even though it doesn’t come out for another year and a half, it seems that D23 would not be complete without some Mary Poppins. (Of course D23 skips the even years, so 2019 will be too late to promote it.) So Mary Poppins Returns, and Mary Poppins herself was there, Emily Blunt, along with the producer/director of this new version, Rob Marshall, and while the people at the expo got to see a trailer, you at home get a magic poster! Well, it’s digital… You know what we mean.
Oh, what a time we live in.
As for that trailer you won’t get to see – at least right now – Collider had a description of what you missed.
Michael’s young son, Georgie, heads out into the gloom to go fly a kite and when his toy is snatched up into the sky, eaten by the dark clouds, he gets some help from the lamplighter Jack (Miranda). Together, they pull the Kite back to the ground and who should come floating down but Mary Poppins, y’all, dressed to the nines, holding on to the kite, and calmly descending from the sky. As always, Poppings brings her practically perfect brand of magic with her, including her familiar umbrella and carpet back and an animate cane, brightening the Banks household once again. Snippets of dance sequences and grand musical numbers follow, all of which harkens back to Old Hollywood grandeur and choreographed production value. It looks like a true delight for any fan of movie musicals. We also glimpsed a vibrant 2D animation/live-action hybrid sequence, a tap dancing set piece, and plenty of gorgeous costume work from the inimitable Sandy Powell.
As for the new Poppins, Blunt told the audience that she hopes to do justice to the legacy of the original film, and the performance of the original Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, but she just couldn’t bring herself to re-watch her work in preparing for the role. “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,” Blunt explained. “No one is ever going to out-Julie Julie Andrews. She’s just unbelievable. There will never be anyone else like her. So I just had to do my version of her and I think we were very loyal to the books. I think she is a little more sort of acerbic and odd and vain and weird in the books. And so we went that direction a little more. So it’s my version of her!”
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Wishaw, Emily Mortimer, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, and Dick Van Dyke co-star.
Mary Poppins will return on December 25, 2018.