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Disney has been making a mint going back to the well of some of its most famous properties, most recently with the live action version of Beauty and the Beast which earned over $500M domestically and was nominated for two Oscars this year.
Coming this Christmas is Mary Poppins Returns and it looks like a winner. This sequel features a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks (Emily Mortimer and Ben Wishaw) in Depression-era London. After the siblings suffer a personal loss, Mary Poppins returns (this time played by Emily Blunt) and with the aid of her friend Jack (Emmy, Grammy and Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda), she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep, Oscar winner Colin Firth, two-time Oscar nominee Julie Walters, Tony winning legend Angela Lansbury and original Mary Poppins co-star Dick Van Dyke.
But wait, there’s more. The film, and the trailer below, is scored by 5-time Oscar nominee Marc Shaiman and includes new songs (you can lock down those Oscar nominations now), adapted by two-time Oscar nominee David Magee (Life of Pi, Finding Neverland) from the novel by P.L. Travers, shot by Oscar winner Dion Beebe (Chicago), features costumes from three-time Oscar winner Sandy Powell (Shakespeare in Love, The Aviator, Young Victoria) and directed by Oscar nominee Rob Marshall (Chicago).
Word is that Disney plans on mounting a huge Oscar campaign for the film. The original 1964 film earned 13 Oscar nominations, winning five, including Best Actress for Julie Andrews. That’s a lot to live up to but word of mouth is really strong and we like what we’ve seen so far.
Here is the first teaser trailer and poster for Mary Poppins Returns.