Mary Poppins Returns

Disney have sent fans into a frenzy after debuting a trailer for Mary Poppins Returns at the 2018 Oscars.

The highly-anticipated sequel to the 1964 classic will arrive in December and will feature an all-star cast including Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The trailer teases a return to Cherry Tree Lane, home to the Banks family where a grown-up Michael now resides with his children, Annable, John and George.

Following a personal loss in the Banks family, Mary Poppins returns to bring joy back to the house.

The trailer sees the iconic nanny flying through the clouds with her trusty umbrella.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is taking on the role of Jack, a lamplighter and apprentice to Dick Van Dyke's Bert in the original film.

James Bond star Ben Whishsaw portrays the grown-up Michael Banks who is glad to see the return of his former nanny while he grieves.

Mary Poppins Returns will also star Julie Walters as housekeeper Ellen, Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks, Angela Lansbury as the Balloon Lady and Meryl Streep as Mary's eccentric relative, Topsy-Turvy Poppins.

The role of Mary Poppins was first made famous by Julie Andrews and the actress has given her blessing for the sequel - but won't reportedly won't make an appearance.

The film's director Rob Marshall spoke to Julie at her Christmas party a few years ago. He revealed: "She had known it was in the works, then we said, 'We're doing it,' and she said, 'Oh, thank God.'"

He added: "Then we said, 'And we're thinking of Emily Blunt,' and she just threw her hands up in the air and said yes. I think a lot of people feel that way about Emily's work."

While fans will surely be disappointed, Julie Andrews chose not to make a cameo in the film to make sure all focus is on Emily's work.

The director explained: "Julie was incredibly gracious, and we talked about it in a very general way but she made it clear right up front. She said, 'This is Emily's show, and I really want it to be Emily's show.

I don't want it to be, "Oh, here comes that Mary Poppins." I don't want that. I really want her to take this and run with it, because she will be brilliant."

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