The first trailer for Mary Poppins Returns aired Sunday, March 4th during the Academy Awards and the nostalgia is real. The sequel to the iconic 1964 film picks up 25 years after the original storyline with a new all-star cast and a reoccurring face you won’t believe.
The trailer opens with one major giveaway—the iconic green kite replicated from the original. With a gust of wind, the kite is lifted from the trash on the streets of London and magically floats around highlighting some major characters. Jack (a lamplighter) and a young boy catch and wrangle the string of the kite as it disappears in the clouds only to be returned by the beloved Mary Poppins, making an entrance the only way she knows how—via umbrella. Talk about a goosebumps moment.
The trailer then introduces a now grown-up Michael and Jane Banks. The two—who appear to be in just as much disbelief as we were watching the commercial—tell Poppins, “It’s wonderful to see you.” Her genius response being, “Yes, it is. Isn’t it?” Cue mic drop.
A movie sequel of this capacity must be made up of an A-list cast—and Disney didn’t disappoint. The coveted role of Mary Poppins has been awarded to Emily Blunt whose uncanny transformation appears to fill the big shoes left by legend, Julie Andrews.
Other stand-out stars include Meryl Streep as Poppins’ cousin Topsy, Colin Firth as William Weatherall Wilkins (the president of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank), and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack the lamplighter.
Although he didn’t appear in trailer original cast member, Dick Van Dyke will be a part of the sequel. Now 91, Van Dyke will not revisit his character Bert, the chimney sweep—instead, he will portray the son of a greedy banker, Mr. Dawes Jr.
"I get to do a little song and dance number," Van Dyke explained to etonline. "I gotta be a part of it."
We may have to wait until Christmas Day for the release of the movie—but we couldn’t be more excited. You can catch us repeatedly re-watching the original until then.