Timed with last night's Oscars telecast, Walt Disney Studios released the first peek at its highly anticipated holiday release, Mary Poppins Returns. Starring Emily Blunt in the titular role, with Hamilton visionary (and Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award winner) Lin-Manuel Miranda playing her foil (a la Dick Van Dyke in the original), the movie is set 25 years after the original Mary Poppins ended, placing it knickers-deep in Depression-era England. Also starring, but not seen in the trailer above, are Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, and van Dyke himself.
In 2013, Amy Henderson, the historian emerita of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, separated truth from fiction in the film Saving Mr. Banks, which told the tale of how Walt Disney charmed P.L. Travers, the author of the children's book Mary Poppins, into allowing her story to be adapted into the classic movie we know today. Travers ended up writing eight books about the ingenious nanny. It remains to be seen whether the new Disney release will again plumb the British author's work for inspiration for the December 2018 vehicle.