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 December 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 PL Travers. Filmed at Shepperton Studios in London.