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Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Mary Poppins Returns motion poster featuring Emily Blunt

Mary Poppins Returns motion poster featuring Emily Blunt

Mary Poppins Returns will take place over two decades after the original during Depression-era London.

On a day when billion-dollar budgets were supposed to rule the stage, the first glimpse of images from Disney's Poppins sequel - Mary Poppins Returns - were met with the greatest applause, cheering and a standing ovation from the crowd.

After debuting the first photo of Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins earlier this year, which subsequently went viral, Disney has now released a image-in-motion video of the actress in the role. As a live orchestra set the scene with original music from the film, the audience was reintroduced to the same house, the same kite, and even the same Banks family, but in a very different time. Following a family tragedy, Michael's three children - Annabel, Georgie, and John - are left joyless and in need of a spoonful of sugar.

Mary Poppins Returns is being directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) and sees Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train) leading the cast alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda (Moana), Ben Whishaw (Spectre), Emily Mortimer (Hugo), Julie Walters (Harry Potter), Colin Firth (The King's Speech), Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), Pixie Davies (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children), Nathanael Saleh (Game of Thrones), Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote), and newcomer Joel Dawson, with Dick Van Dyke set to make a cameo appearance. Lin-Manuel Miranda is seen dancing with a ladder as a chimney sweep.

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Taking to Twitter, Walt Disney Studios shared a video of Emily Blunt in character, captioning it: "Emily Blunt is Mary Poppins in the upcoming sequel, #MaryPoppinsReturns. I wanted to pay homage to Julie and then carve out my own niche and do my own version of her". She also added that her version of Mary is a little more "acerbic and odd and vain" like the character is in the books. "She's just unbelievable. There will never be anyone else like her". Mary Poppins Returns draws from the material in these additional books.

Marshall revealed that he was unaware that Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers had penned seven other novels featuring the character until he was approached about this movie.

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