Watch Mary Poppins and company swim with dolphins in new teaser

Mary Poppins Returns is due out Dec. 19.

The all-star cast also includes: Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Angela Lansbury as a balloon vendor; Colin Firth as banker William Weatherall Wilkins; Meryl Streep as Mary’s cousin Topsy; Julie Walters as Ellen the housekeeper; and Dick Van Dyke will play the role Mr. Dawes Jr, the retired chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank.

Watch: Mary Poppins takes flight in first official trailer for ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

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Check out the first official trailer for Mary Poppins Returns above.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film will take place during Depression-era London while the premise of the film revolves around Mary’s return after a tragedy strikes the Banks family, leaving the family, including Micheal’s three children, numb and joyless.

While this direct sequel to the original 1964 film does not star everyone’s favorite icon Julie Andrews, the treasured nanny will now be portrayed by Emily Blunt. Joining Blunt in the forthcoming film will be Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda who plays the role of Jack, a lamplighter who has been compared to Bert.

The all-star cast also includes: Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Angela Lansbury as a balloon vendor; Colin Firth as banker William Weatherall Wilkins; Meryl Streep as Mary’s cousin Topsy; Julie Walters as Ellen the housekeeper; and Dick Van Dyke will play the role Mr. Dawes Jr, the retired chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank.

Mary Poppins Returns is due out Dec. 19.

Mary Poppins returns in new teaser trailer

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Well, whatever you may have thought back in 2016 when the Mary Poppins sequel was first announced, now is your chance to get a glimpse at the upcoming film. On Sunday (March 4), the first official teaser trailer for the upcoming sequel was released during the live telecast of the 2018 Academy Awards. While the minute-and-a-half clip does not give away the plot of the film, the viewer is reacquainted with (adult) Jane and Micheal Banks as well as Mary Poppins and is (briefly) introduced to the nanny’s lamplighter friend Jack as well Micheal’s three children.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film will take place during Depression-era London while the premise of the film revolves around Mary’s return after a tragedy strikes the Banks family, leaving the family, including Micheal’s three children, numb and joyless.

The upcoming film is the directed sequel to the beloved 1964 film starring Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins and Dick Van Dyke as Bert the chimney sweep.

This time around, Emily Blunt will take the mantle as Mary Poppins while Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda will play lamplighter Jack whose role has been compared to that of Bert.

The all-star cast also includes: Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Angela Lansbury as a balloon vendor; Colin Firth as banker William Weatherall Wilkins; Meryl Streep as Mary’s cousin Topsy; Julie Walters as Ellen the housekeeper; and Dick Van Dyke will play the role Mr. Dawes Jr, the retired chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank.

Mary Poppins Returns is set to hit theater on Christmas Day.

Freddie Mercury Bio-Pic Casts Their Freddie, Again

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After all this time, it looks like that Freddie Mercury bio-pic has finally gotten someone to play the iconic frontman and it might not be someone who we expected.

Ben Whishaw.

That is correct, the guy who played Q in Skyfall and Freddie Lyon (see it was already in the cards, we think) on BBC’s The Hour has been chosen to take the place of Sacha Baron Cohen after he bowed out of the role.

About six weeks ago, there was story written by the BBC blog, Anglophenia, that Queen’s Roger Taylor had his heart set on Whishawn taking on the role of the late-singer. At the time, even the blog had to admit that it was a stretch that the actor would take on the role that was previously occupied by someone with much more credentials. But alas, it looks like the rumor wasn’t a stretch at all because today it was confirmed.

At the time, Cohen has decided to leave the film, it was rumored that it was due to creative issues between the actor and the band. After his departure, guitarist Brain May said, “you have to really suspend that disbelief – the man who plays Freddie, you have to really believe is Freddie. And we didn’t think that could really happen with Sacha. That’s not any criticism of his talent whatsoever, it’s just a feeling that it was not going to work – that the pieces didn’t fit together anymore.”

It’s also been reported that Dexter Fletcher has already closed the deal on the bio-pic and is currently working on how to represent the events that lead to the formation of Queen. Deadline reported that the film would be more of a celebration of Mercury’s glory days rather than concentrating on his last days.