Our first real taste of Disney’s upcoming long lead sequel to the beloved Mary Poppins is very much a mood piece, leaning heavily on director Rob Marshall’s picture postcard take on London and giving us glimpses of the key players, including Ben Whishaw’s Michael, Emily Mortimer’s Jane, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lamplighter Jack (apparently apprenticed to the first film’s Bert, so cross your fingers for a Dick Van Dyke cameo) and, of course, Emily Blunt as the world’s second favourite nanny.
In terms of plot, “Set in 1930s London, Jane and Michael Banks are now grown-up, with Michael still living in the house on Cherry Tree Lane. He lives there with his three children, Annabel, John, and George, and the housekeeper named Ellen (Julie Walters). After Michael suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins comes back to the Banks family with street lamplighter Jack, and eccentric cousin Topsy (Meryl Streep).”
Mary Poppins Returns in January 2019.