While a lot of reboots and sequels made years after the original can end up getting a lot of criticism, there are a lot of fans of Mary Poppins who are genuinely excited about this new version.
Disney's Mary Poppins Returns has been in the works for quite a while now. It has been 54 years since the original came out, making it the longest gap between the original and a sequel.
Originally, Disney had intended on releasing the sequel on Christmas 2018, but they've just announced that the release date has been moved up a full week!
Mary Poppins Returns will now come out on December 19th, 2018.
Deadline reports that Disney has actually moved a bunch of different movies in their schedule around, but the Mary Poppins move means that none of us need to abandon our families on Christmas to go see it. And yes, a lot of us would have definitely considered doing exactly that.
The movie looks and sounds as though it's going to be amazing. First of all, we have Emily Blunt stepping in to fill the role of Mary Poppins. While no one could ever replace Julie Andrews, I'm absolutely certain that Blunt is going to nail it.
Second, Lin-Mannuel Miranda is playing a lamplighter named Jack who was a former apprentice of Bert (Dick Van Dyke). Miranda's career has really taken off in the last few years with the success of Hamilton and all of his Oscar nomination, and his addition to the cast was truly perfect.
But the amazing cast doesn't end there. We've also got Meryl Streep playing Mary's eccentric cousin named Topsy Turvy-Poppins, we've got Angela Landsbury as "The Balloon Lady," Colin Firth as the current president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, and Julie Walters as the Banks' housekeeper.
The plot picks up with Jane and Michael Banks as adults living in Depression-era London. Michael still lives in the house on Cherry Tree Lane with his three children, Annabel, John, and George.
Mary comes back into the Banks family life after the death of Michael's wife, but with the help of Jack and Topsy, they try to bring some joy back to the Banks children.
The trailer makes the movie look like a true spectacle, and Blunt looks like she has Poppins' attitude practically perfect in every way.
Check out the teaser trailer and see if you agree.
Personally, I'm thrilled the movie is coming out a week earlier. It just means I can see it even sooner than I expected!
Are you excited to go see it?
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