Date: 2nd June 2016

Disney's Mary Poppins sequel to get Christmas Day debut.

Disney's sequel to the classic children's film Mary Poppins, starring Emily Blunt as the magical nanny, will debut on Christmas Day in 2018.

The Rob Marshall-directed film was previously announced but no release date was given.

Marshall said he was "humbled and honoured" to be taking on the story.

Mary Poppins, which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, was a major success when it was released in 1964 and picked up five Oscars.

Based on the books of PL Travers, it told the story of a magical nanny who arrived to help Mr and Mrs Banks and look after their children Jane and Michael.

A Disney spokesman said the sequel would take up the story of a "now-grown" Jane and Michael, and Michael's three children, who will be visited by Poppins in "Depression-era London... Following a personal loss".

"Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives," he said.

Source: Press Release