Fantastic New Photos of Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins Confirm the Remake Won't Ruin Your Childhood Memories

And her sassy umbrella is BACK.

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After the news that Dick Van Dyke (and his terrible cockney accent (opens in new tab)) will be returning for the Mary Poppins sequel with "a little song and dance number (opens in new tab)," brand-spanking-new Mary Poppins Returns images have been released.

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Emily Blunt, who will be taking on the role of the practically perfect nanny, can be seen holding hands with the new Banks children–Annabel (Pixie Davies), Georgie (Joel Dawson), and John (Nathanael Saleh)–and Jack the lamplighter (played by Lin-Manuel Miranda) for the big musical number "Trip a Little Light Fantastic."

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Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the film's director Rob Marshall said: "The bar is so high for this. But to be able to walk in the footsteps of this beautiful story about a woman who brings magic to this family that's looking for wonder and hope and joy in their lives, I feel a great responsibility and reverence every day. We all feel it. We're just lifting it up to get there with the right intentions behind it."

Mary Poppins Returns picks up with the Banks children more than 20 years after the events of the original Disney classic in 1930s London, with Jane and Michael all grown up with families of their own.

Written by Life of Pi's David Magee, the film sees Mary Poppins returning to help the Banks family rediscover joy after Michael suffers a personal loss.

Blunt will be joined by a star-studded cast in Rob Marshall's reboot, including Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer, who'll play the older versions of Jane and Michael Banks.

Colin Firth has also signed on as William Weatherall Wilkins (opens in new tab), the boss of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, with Julie Walters playing loyal housekeeper Ellen and Meryl Streep as Mary Poppins' cousin Topsy.

Mary Poppins Returns will hit cinemas December 2018.

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From: Digital Spy