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Mary Poppins Returns is still well over a year away but it's one of the most highly anticipated projects currently on the release schedule. Thus far, we've seen a handful of images that given us a look at Emily Blunt, but a new motion poster that has been released for Disney's D23 Expo gives us our clearest look so far at the actress, who will be taking over the role from the incomparable Julie Andrews. Check out the poster below.
All at once, Emily Blunt's look as Mary Poppins is something altogether new, while also really calling back to the look that Julie Andrews made famous. The black hat has been replaced with red one and the bow tie that was frequently a part of the ensemble is gone, but the general looks that says "this is Mary Poppins " is clearly there.
And it makes sense that the look isn't exactly the same thing. We know that Mary Poppins Returns will take place several years after the events of the original film. Jane and Michael Darling have grown up and they have kids of their own. In that time one would expect to see Mary Poppins change somewhat. Though, by looking back at the original Mary, it's clear her general sense of style hasn't changed that much.
Everything about Emily Blunt looks practically perfect in this poster. From the clothes to the look on her face, which isn't without warmth, but clearly shows some mystery as well. The original film never really explained who Mary Poppins was and we don't really expect the sequel to do so either. Part of the magic is not really understanding what Mary Poppins' real agenda is or why she has it. The look on Emily Blunt here gives one the distinct impression that she's up to something. This is exactly what we want to see
Unfortunately, anything more than a look at the characters is probably a long way off. With a release date of Christmas 2018 in the cards, we're likely going to have to wait awhile for any sort of real trailer. This wouldn't be so difficult except that a musical return of Mary Poppins starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda is the sort of thing we really want to hear not just see. Of course, the fact that we want to sample the music is part of the reason we haven't heard it. Disney knows they can keep us excited by making us wait for it.