First trailer for ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ debuts online |

First trailer for ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ debuts online

Emily Blunt stars as the practically perfect nanny in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Grab your sidewalk chalk and umbrellas, Mary Poppins is back.

The first trailer for “Mary Poppins Returns,” Disney’s long-awaited sequel to the 1964 classic musical has debuted online.

Directed by directed by Squirrel Hill native Rob Marshall, the film stars Emily Blunt as the practically-perfect Mary Poppins, who returns to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Lin-Manuel Miranda plays Mary’s friend Jack, an optimistic London street lamplighter.

This sequel was scripted by David Magee based on “Mary Poppins Stories” by PL Travers. The music score is by Marc Shaiman and the film features all new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman.

The film also stars Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, and Angela Lansbury.

Dick Van Dyke, who starred in the 1964 original plays Mr. Dawes, Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character. However, Julie Andrews won’t be in the film. Andrews, 81, reportedly decided against even a cameo out of respect for the film’s new Mary, Emily Blunt.

The movie is set to hit theaters Dec. 19.

Chris Pastrick is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at 724-226-4697, [email protected] or via Twitter @CPastrickTrib.

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