Mary Poppins Returns (film) In Depression-era London, this sequel to the 1964 film finds Jane and Michael Banks now grown. Michael and his three children have lost wife and mother, so the enigmatic Mary Poppins returns to the household. With her magical skills, and aided by her friend, Jack, a street lamplighter, Mary helps the family discover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Directed by Rob Marshall. Released on Dec. 19, 2018, also in IMAX. Stars Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins), Meryl Streep (Topsy), Colin Firth (William Weatherall Watkins), Emily Mortimer (Jane Banks), Dick Van Dyke (Mr. Dawes, Jr.), Angela Lansbury (Balloon Lady), Ben Whishaw (Michael Banks), Julie Walters (Ellen), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Jack). Songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. 130 min. Filmed in wide-screen. Based on the Mary Poppins stories by P. L. Travers. Filmed at Shepperton Studios in London. The Walt Disney Archives provided artist Peter Ellenshaw’s original Mary Poppins concept artwork for use in the opening and closing credits. It was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Costume Design (Sandy Powell), Best Original Score (Marc Shaiman), Best Original Song (“The Place Where Lost Things Go); Best Production Design (John Myhre, Gordon Sim).