It’s finally here! If you’ve been anxiously waiting to see Lin-Manuel Miranda in Mary Poppins Returns ever since you heard of the movie’s casting (like I have), then you should be jumping for joy right about now. The first teaser trailer for the movie, which stars Miranda as “Jack the lamplighter” and Emily Blunt as the title character, was released during last night’s Oscars telecast. You might have been distracted by Rita Moreno’s gorgeous dress, all the wonderful Latino moments, or the fact that the Oscars are still, well, a bit too white, so you might have missed it.
The trailer begins with what looks like a very windy day in England. As the trailer opens up, the Hamilton creator is there flying a kite with a little boy and it seems as if he conjures Mary Poppins by his actions. He is holding the kite and, as he looks up into the sky and the clouds part, we see the first shape of Blunt as the whimsical nanny. She’s holding that telltale umbrella and peacefully floating down to greet us.
It’s really exciting to see a Latino starring in a major movie like this, especially when Latinx representation in Hollywood is still lacking. Unfortunately, Latinos make up only 3.1% of characters in film, despite being 18% of the U.S. population and buying 1 in 4 movie tickets every weekend. But representation matters, as we heard over and over again during the 90th Academy Awards, and Lin-Manuel in Mary Poppins Returns might just help to bring more of us to the big screen.
The Rob Marshall-helmed musical picks up 25 years after the original film (which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke—who is set to make an appearance). In this iteration of the famed family film, Michael Banks (played by Ben Wishaw) is mourning the sudden loss of his wife and the other of his three kids. Mary Poppins returns, of course, in order to bring light back into the lives of the family.
Mary Poppins y’all https://t.co/NWymll9P1x
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 5, 2018
The fantasy-fueled trip around London and beyond is enough to get us interested in what Mary Poppins is up to this time around, but seeing Lin-Manuel light up the screen will be the real reason why I personally plan to rush to the theater. The all-star cast also features Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, and Colin Firth. The movie will be released Christmas 2018.
Now, can we get a full-length trailer with more Lin-Manuel please?!