Disney just released its first brief glimpse at what we’ll be getting this Christmas when Mary Poppins Returns, the long-awaited sequel to the 1964 classic, hits theaters. The movie’s new teaser trailer may be short on dialogue or plot, but it recaptures the mood by inviting viewers to go fly a kite — while giving a quick peek at Emily Blunt in the title role.
The new film isn’t a reboot of the Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke original; rather, it’s a next chapter that finds Jane and Michael Banks all grown up, with Michael and his children facing new adversity — with an assist, of course, from their prim, magical helper.
Blunt’s already talked some about the challenges of stepping into Andrews’ iconic role, telling Vanity Fair she realizes “no one can out-Julie Julie Andrews." But she suggested that she’s cultivated her own take on the umbrella-sailing songstress, saying her Mary Poppins will be “a bit more eccentric and frickin’ weird,” as well as “incredibly rude, vain, and batty.”
In addition to Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns also features Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Emily Mortimer, Meryl Streep, and Ben Whishaw. Directed by Rob Marshall, the sequel won’t have Julie Andrews back, but does bring Dick Van Dyke on board for a cameo role. Michael’s three children are, of course, new additions, and they’re played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson.
Based on the eight-book series by P.L. Travers, Disney’s first film drew largely from the eponymous first installment from 1934, as well as its direct successor, Mary Poppins Comes Back. The new movie is based on material taken from the remaining books, but beyond that, details about how Disney’s mining the material to create its all-new story still are light.
We’re sure to know much more about the movie as the months between the teaser and the film’s release tick by. Mary Poppins Returns is set to hit U.S. theaters on December 25, 2018.