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Stop What You’re Doing and Gaze Upon Emily Blunt in Her Mary Poppins Costume



I actually held my breath in excitement while waiting for the page to load with our first look at Emily Blunt as everyone’s favorite magical nanny. Mary Poppins Returns is a film that also stars my husband Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep andoh no. It’s too late. I’m singing “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” at my desk.

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Mary Poppins Returns, which has maybe the best cast ever (Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, Emily Mortimer, Ben Whishaw, and Dick Van Dyke are just a few more names in this production of Total Faves), is set in Depression-Era London. Mary Poppins, ostensibly, returns, to bequeath her child-rearing gifts upon Jane and Michael Banks, who are now adults with kids of their own. Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her “friend” Jack, who no doubt will assist with the musical shenanigans.

Anyway, we’re here because Emily Blunt looks freakin’ incredible as Mary:

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.

Can we talk about this coat. And the hat. And the shoes. AND THE ENCHANTED CARPET BAG OMG. This is too much. I’m at “Feed The Birds” levels of emotion right now. If she’s holding a parrot-headed umbrella that we can’t see I’m going to cry.

Mary Poppins was my favorite movie as a child and I was initially skeptical about the idea of a new takebut the fantastic cast and the obvious care being put into the production give me hope. Director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods, PoTC: On Stranger Tides) can be hit or miss for me, but the man clearly loves musicals, so we are now friends.

I saw Mary Poppins as an adult for the first time a few months ago, when Lin-Manuel Miranda was hosting a screening in New York (they surprised him on-stage by bringing out many dancing chimney sweeps). I still love the film, and was surprised at how radical it was in ways I never noticed before. Mrs. Banks’ suffragette song was once incomprehensible; watching it anew while Hillary Clinton ran for president made me want to strap a VOTES FOR WOMEN sash across my chest and march in the street.


While we have a long time to wait for Mary Poppins Returns (it’s slated for December 2018, ugh), it’s definitely worth revisiting Julie Andrews’ timeless turn if the sight of that carpet bag made you nostalgic.

(via Entertainment Weekly, images via Entertainment Weekly, Oh My Disney)

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Kaila Hale-Stern
Kaila Hale-Stern (she/her) is a content director, editor, and writer who has been working in digital media for more than fifteen years. She started at TMS in 2016. She loves to write about TV—especially science fiction, fantasy, and mystery shows—and movies, with an emphasis on Marvel. Talk to her about fandom, queer representation, and Captain Kirk. Kaila has written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.

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