Disney debuted a super short teaser for Mary Poppins Returns during the 2018 Oscars and then dropped the first full teaser trailer online. The studio also released two new photos from the film along with a teaser poster featuring a close-up of the film’s star, Emily Blunt.
The one minute 35 second trailer declares: “In a place we hold dear where wonder once lived but soon from above a new story begins.” The teaser trailer introduces the world of Mary Poppins and shows Lin-Manuel Miranda flying a kite and then spotting the beloved nanny as she floats down from the sky.
Rob Marshall (Chicago) directed from a screenplay by David Magee, based on PL Travers’ The Mary Poppins Stories. In addition to Emily Blunt, the cast includes Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack, Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks, Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks, Julie Walters as Ellen, Colin Firth as William Weatherall Wilkins, Meryl Streep as Topsy. Original Mary Poppins star Dick Van Dyke returns to PL Travers’ world as Mr. Dawes Jr, “the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.”
Angela Lansbury plays the Balloon Lady and Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and newcomer Joel Dawson play the Banks’ children. Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, and Marc Platt produce, with Callum McDougall executive producing. The film’s music is by Marc Shaiman who co-wrote the songs with Scott Wittman.
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).