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The world’s favorite nanny is coming back to the big screen! After nearly 50 years, the umbrella wielding mistress of magic is returning. Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” takes place 20 years after the conclusion of the 1964 classic and will follow Mary Poppins as she guides the now grown up Banks siblings and their children through a new set of challenges and difficulties.

One synopsis of the film reads: “’Mary Poppins Returns’ is set in 1930s London, which is the time period of the original novels by P.L. Travers. The story follows Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane Banks (Emily Mortimer), who are now grown up. Michael is living with his three children (Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson) and housekeeper Ellen (Julie Walters), in the house on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael has a personal loss, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) comes back into the lives of the Banks family. She is joined by a street lamplighter named Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), and an eccentric cousin named Topsy (Meryl Streep). Dick Van Dyke will also play a role in the film as Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is now run by William Weatherall Wilkins (Colin Firth). Angela Lansbury is also in the cast as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins books.”

According to Emily Blunt, her portrayal of the character is set to draw more from the original literary version of Mary Poppins than Julie Andrew’s iconic depiction. “I just loved how eccentric and wacky she is in the books — incredibly vain and rude to the children,” Blunt said. “As a British person, I really responded to that lack of saccharine relationships. I find it comforting the idea of someone just sweeping in who’s no-nonsense and cleaning everything up and making everything right again in a magical way that’s not sentimental.”

The trailer for the film is now available online, and fans of the original “Mary Poppins” seem equally excited and nervous. As is usual, many people are skeptical about making a sequel to such an iconic film especially after so many years have passed since the original was released. That said, there are an equal number of people who are delighted at the chance to return to Mary Poppins’ world after so many years away. “Mary Poppins Returns” is set to be released on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, and one can only wait to see if the modern sequel lives up to the charm of the original or if fans will need a very large spoonful of sugar to help the film go down.


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