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Disney Plays it Coy With First Shot of Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins

The sequel isn’t due out until Christmas Day 2018.

After the cast of the Mary Poppins sequel came together last year, it looks like filming has gotten underway. Time for set shots! Entertainment Weekly got the exclusive first look, with a shot of Emily Blunt in the title role (and in one of surely many amazing outfits).

Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) returns to the Banks home after many years and uses her magical skills to help the now grown up Michael and Jane rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives in MARY POPPINS RETURNS, directed by Rob Marshall.
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With this sequel taking place during the Great Depression, it’s all the more important to get the hopefulness of Mary right (well, movie Mary, anyway). Looks like one way they’re going to do that is with bright, bold colors offsetting what will most likely be the usual drab Depression-era palette (all the shades of beige!). If this shot is any indication, the costume design is going to be something to behold — the deep blue on that coat is gorgeous, and is a great contrast to the restrained maroon hat. Then there’s her carpet bag, which is wonderfully all over the place. But, Mary’s a little shy in this picture, so we don’t know exactly what Blunt will look like in the role just yet (well, we kinda do — see below).

The movie will costar Lin-Manuel Miranda (of Hamilton fame), Colin Firth, and the (probably literally) immortal Meryl Streep. Dick Van Dyke, who costarred along with Julie Andrews in the original, is said to have a cameo role. In the new movie, Mary Poppins revisits the Banks kids nearly 20 years on from the original story, who are now all grown up and with kids of their own.

If you’re into some more unofficial shots, Twitter user @TheRoyalFootman seems to have taken some — the shots of Blunt look like they got taken sneakily, but the shot of Lin-Manuel Miranda is awfully impressive (that’s of him in his role as Jack, a lamplighter).

The movie is stacked with musical talent, and hey, a Mary Poppins sequel isn’t totally uncalled for — the original was based on the first in a series of books that have remained untouched, although the movie admittedly didn’t hew very closely to the source material. We’re just hoping Blunt spends enough time practicing her supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (I only misspelled it by two letters on my first try YES).

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