First Photo: Emily Blunt in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Mary Poppins Returns star Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt stars in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ (Photo Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures)

Disney just unveiled the first official photo of Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train) in costume as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins Returns. Unfortunately, the image shows Blunt from behind so we don’t get a complete look at the costume. However, for Disney fans and/or fans of Mary Poppins, a partial photo from the film is better than no official photo.

Mary Poppins Returns is a sequel to 1964’s five-time Oscar winning film, Mary Poppins, which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. The sequel stars Blunt in the title role and features Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep. Dick Van Dyke is returning to the world created by PL Travers in the role of Mr. Dawes Jr, chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson are playing the three Banks children. Rob Marshall (Chicago) is directing from a screenplay by David Magee, based on Travers’ The Mary Poppins Stories.

Mary Poppins Returns will open in theaters across the United States on December 25, 2018.

The Plot: The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Streep).