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Watch: Mary Poppins Returns featurette is like a spoonful of sequel sugar (and that's a good thing)

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Nov 29, 2018, 3:45 PM EST

It's unusual for a sequel to arrive over five decades after the first film, but that's exactly what Mary Poppins Returns is doing. Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place) will be stepping into the role of the magical and enigmatic British nanny made famous by Julie Andrews in 1964.

But don't expect massive CGI spectacle: The Rob Marshall-directed follow-up is sticking closely to the simplicity and practicality of the original. You can really feel that in a new behind-the-scenes featurette — simply titled "The Story Continues" — about the upcoming fantasy movie. The featurette contains interviews with the likes of Blunt, Marshall, Lin-Manuel Miranda (Jack, a lamplighter), and Meryl Streep (Topsy, Mary's strange cousin). 

"This film is not a remake of Mary Poppins, which I think is an impossible thing," says Miranda. 

Watch the magic unfold below:

Set 25 years after the events of the first film, in Depression-era London, we find Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) Banks all grown up and still living on Cherry Tree Lane. Michael, now with three children of his own, suffers a devastating personal loss that prompts Mary to return in order to take care of him, his kids, and his sister. 

David Magee, writer of Life of Pi, penned the script, but it was really his work on 2004's Finding Neverland that best prepared him for this fanciful project. While watching the movie, also keep your eyes peeled for Angela Lansbury, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, and, of course, Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert in the original. 

Here's a new poster for your viewing pleasure:

Julie Andrews will not make an appearance in the film, however — she simply didn't want to detract from Blunt's own performance as Mary. A class act, that Dame Andrews.

Mary Poppins Returns arrives on an unusual gust of wind and into theaters Dec. 19.