It's been 54 years since a strong breeze carried Mary Poppins away from Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane in London, but the iconic umbrella-toting nanny is about to make her return.
In the first full trailer for Mary Poppins Returns, which Disney released Monday morning, she hasn't aged at all — but fans of the iconic 1964 film might not recognize her at first. Emily Blunt has taken over the role from Julie Andrews for the upcoming sequel, which is set in the 1930s, more than two decades after the original.
While a previous teaser trailer introduced Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer as adult versions of Michael and Jane Banks, the unruly children Poppins whipped into shape in the original, this is our first substatial look at Blunt as the practically perfect heroine of P.L. Travers' iconic novels.
Mary Poppins Returns draws its inspiration from the followup novels Travers penned following the original 1934 book. In the film, Michael's wife has died and he is left behind in despair while caring for their three children.
Michael's surprise that she hasn't aged is met with typical Poppins indignation. "Really, one never discusses a woman's age, Michael," she scolds. "Would have hoped I taught you better."
The trailer also showcases Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack, a lamplighter and Poppins pal who calls back to Dick Van Dyke's Bert from the 1964 movie. We also get a small taste of Blunt's singing chops, as she warbles to Michael's mourning kids that "Nothing's gone forever, only out of place," and an ambitious animated sequence (a la the original's "Jolly Holiday") is teased.
Mary Poppins Returns also features Colin Firth, Julie Walters, and cameos by Van Dyke, Meryl Streep, and Angela Lansbury. The film is directed by Rob Marshall (who famously brought Chicago to the screen) and opens December 19. A new poster for the movie (below) has also been released.