Here's Everything You Need To Know About Mary Poppins Returns

Walt Disney Studios dropped a two-minute long trailer for Mary Poppins Returns on Monday, and it was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and then some.

Fans got their first look at the cast in the clip, which featured dream-like scenes, spectacular costumes and magical nostalgia.

So while we wait for Mary to finally return later this year, here is absolutely everything you need to know about the film in the meantime. Splendid, splendid.

What's Mary Poppins Returns about?

The new film won't be a reboot or a remake, as it is actually going to be a sequel to the 1964 film.

Mary Poppins Returns will be an adaptation of PL Travers' novels, and will be set in London in the 1930s.

In the first movie, Mary looked after the Banks children, and she'll be returning to them now that they are all grown-up, although she won't have aged at all.

Michael, who is still living at Cherry Tree Lane, has been recently widowed, meaning the family need Mary more than ever before. She'll be helping the family to rediscover the joy and wonder, which she brought in the original tale.

Mary will introduce the new Banks kids to an array of fun characters, such as her cousin Topsy and street lamplighter, Jack.

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Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Who's going to be Mary Poppins?

Emily Blunt has taken over the role of Mary Poppins from Julie Andrews, who played the nanny in the original 1964 movie, although she hasn't aged at all in the sequel.

Julie won BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Awards for her portrayal of Mary, meaning expectations are pretty high for Emily.

"I needed to try to pay homage to Julie Andrews but carve out a new space for myself. And we were very loyal to the books," the actress told the Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.

While Julie won't be in the film, she is said to be 'fully supportive' of the remake and Emily.

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Credit: Disney

Who else is starring in the film?

The movie has a star-studded line-up, with lots of other top Hollywood names making it onto the cast.

Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer will be portraying grown-up Banks children Michael and Jane - the kids that Mary used to look after in the original movie.

Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson and Nathanael Saleh star as Michael's children, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is Mary's close friend and London street lamplighter, Jack - the apprentice from the first film.

Meryl Streep will be starring as Topsy-Turvy Poppins - Mary's eccentric cousin - and her Mamma Mia co-star Colin Firth is also joining the cast as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank's William Weatherall Wilkins.

Dame Angela Lansbury will be appearing as The Balloon Lady, and Julie Walters as Ellen.

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Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Is anyone from the 1964 movie returning to the film?

Dick Van Dyke is the only actor from Mary Poppins who is returning to the 2018 sequel, but he isn't technically reprising his role.

This time, he is taking on the role of his original character's son, Mr Dawes Jr, in Mary Poppins Returns.

In the first film, Mr Dawes Sr died from laughing, meaning it would be impossible for the actor to play the same character.

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Credit: Walt Disney Studios

When will it be released?

Mary Poppins Returns will hit cinema screens on Wednesday, 19th December in the UK, meaning it will be here just in time for Christmas.

Walt Disney Studios announced the exact premiere date as the trailer premiered on Good Morning America earlier this week.

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Credit: Walt Disney Studios

How much money did the original make?

The first movie pulled in over $100 million at the box office, and scored five Oscars and numerous other awards, which means the hype around this sequel is set to be massive.

There is currently no word on budget or profits for Mary Poppins Returns just yet, although stats will most-likely be released after it hits cinemas later this year.

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Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Who is directing the film?

The new flick has been directed by Rob Marshall, who is producing the movie alongside John DeLuca and Marc Platt, with Callum McDougall.

Rob brought Chicago to the big screen, and Disney apparently want him for the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

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Credit: PA Images

How different will the two films be?

The show's directors have been keen to distinguish the new film as 'new' and 'separate' from the original.

Rob previously explained: "This is a brand new original film musical from top to bottom, which is very rare, and it is a wonderful opportunity to create something specifically for the screen."

While somethings will be completely different, like the cast, although elements from the 1964 flick have been retained - the table in the Banks' hallway is the same as in the original movie.

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