Emily Blunt dazzles in practically ideal moving poster for Mary Poppins Returns

Emily Blunt dazzles in practically ideal moving poster for Mary Poppins Returns

Blunt took to the stage at the D23 Expo in Anaheim this morning, joining director/producer Rob Marshall to talk about the eagerly-anticipated return of the enigmatic nanny, where Blunt offered insight as to how she made the character her own.

We've been given out first sneak peak at the sequal to the 1964 Disney classic Mary Poppins which stars Emily Blunt in the lead role.

If screams were worth box office dollars, the film would already be soaring past both Frozen and Beauty and the Beast.

Don't expect the same old Poppins to return, though.

The film's cinematographer is Australian Dion Beebe, whose credits include Chicago (2002), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) and Into the Woods (2014).

The footage also included glimpses at Julie Walters as the Banks' housekeeper Ellen, Meryl Streep as Mary's eccentric cousin Topsy, Angela Lansbury as the Balloon Lady, and Dick Van Dyke (sho starred in the original film in a different role) as Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth's character.

Nearly on par with the "Infinity War" enthusiasm was the response to the footage for the Mary Poppins sequel "Mary Poppins Returns", a colorful and topsy-turvy new installment in the world of P.L. Travers from director Rob Marshall.

Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in the 1964 original. And we will see Mary Poppins return to the now grownup Jane Banks, Michael Banks, and his three children after they suffer a personal loss.

On cue, the magical English nanny, who flies using her umbrella and the East wind, lands on the doorstep of 17 Cherry Tree Lane for a second time, bringing the family "a spoonful of sugar". The movie was based on P L Travers book with Julie Andrews playing Poppins.

These domestic scenes then give way to a scene of Jack, a street lamplighter played by Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda, flying a kite in the park with one of the Banks children.

Directed by Rob Marshall, with songs from the duo of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), Mary Poppins Returns will premiere on December 25, 2018.