Mary Poppins Return (2018)
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt

Yeah, She’s back. 

The first look photos from Mary Poppins Returns were released yesterday from EW. We are beyond excited to see the iconic Mary revamped by the uber-talented Emily Blunt. But let’s be honest, the chance to see Lin-Manuel Miranda singing and dancing with a cockney accent is more than worth the price of admission. The photos have done nothing but stoke the fire of anticipation for his performance as Jack the Lamplighter (a new character in the 2018 film). Only Lin popping onto the screen with the Lamplighter cover rendition of Chim-Chim-Cheree will quench the flame.

Mary Poppins Return (2018)
L to R: Lin-Manuel Miranda, TK, TK, TK and Emily Blunt above – Jack the lamplighter (Lin-Manuel Miranda) leads the three Banks children — Annabel (Pixie Davies), Georgie (Joel Dawson), and John (Nathanael Saleh) — and Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) through the streets of London in the big musical number, “Trip a Little Light Fantastic.”

 

Mary Poppins Return (2018)
L to R: Emily Mortimer, Ben Whishaw, TK, TK and Emily Blunt

Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns (in theaters Christmas 2018) is an incredibly ambitious reboot of a much beloved Disney classic.  As reported in EW Mary Poppins Returns, directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods), picks up 25 years after the events of the first film, fast-forwarding to London’s mid-1930s economic slump, the actual period of Travers’ books. Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane has become the warm, loving the home that banker and artist Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) shares with his wife and three children. But after the sudden death of Michael’s wife, the Banks family is shattered — even enthusiastic aunt Jane (Emily Mortimer), now a fervent union organizer, and longtime housemaid Ellen (Julie Walters) can’t help lift spirits — and so in time, the once-blossoming home is on the verge of foreclosure. “The bar is so high for this,” says Marshall, who also directed the Oscar-winning Chicago. “But to be able to walk in the footsteps of this beautiful story about a woman who brings magic to this family that’s looking for wonder and hope and joy in their lives… I feel a great responsibility and reverence every day. We all feel it. We’re just lifting it up to get there with the right intentions behind it.”

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Mary Poppins Return (2018)
TK (L) and Director Rob Marshall on set