Emily Blunt is in spit spot form as Mary Poppins

  • Emily Blunt is in spit spot form as Mary Poppins

Emily Blunt is in spit spot form as Mary Poppins

And lest you're anxious about Blunt doing justice to Julie Andrews, she knows she could never replace the original Mary Poppins.

Disney have released the first moving poster of Emily Blunt as the practically ideal nanny for Mary Poppins Returns - a sequel to the much-loved 1964 classic.

Coinciding with the live-action movie presentation at the D23 Expo, Disney has released a motion poster for the upcoming sequel Mary Poppins Returns featuring Emily Blunt as the magical nanny; check it out here...

And yet there was no trailer, just a rough cut of scenes and still images, accompanied by the Disney orchestra performing live, playing music from the new film's soundtrack.

The sequel, directed by Rob Marshall, picks up the story 25 years after the 1964 film, and sees Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) revisit the now grown Banks children Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer).

It opens as the Banks family are dealing with a tragedy which leaves Michael's three children Annabel, Georgie and John broken hearted.

Bailey runs through images of the cast and crew, including Lin Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, and Dick van Dyke. "She's just unbelievable", Blunt said at the D23 expo. "I needed to try to pay homage to Julie Andrews but carve out a new space for myself", said Blunt.

Marshall said, "I was incredibly honored to be approached by Disney about directing a sequel".

Directed by Rob Marshall, with songs from the duo of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), Mary Poppins Returns will premiere on December 25, 2018.

Among all the Jedi, Norse gods, princesses and witches in Disney's D23 sizzle reel this weekend, there is one smaller figure who still generated big cheers every time it was shown: Lin-Manuel Miranda's character in Mary Poppins Returns. However, the subsequent adventures of Mary Poppins remained only on the pages of the seven other P.L. Travers' books.