Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda to Lead ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel
On Tuesday news broke that a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious sequel to Disney’s 1964 classic Mary Poppins movie will star Emily Blunt (Into the Woods) and “Hamilton” creator-star Lin-Manuel Miranda, as Mary Poppins and Jack, a street lamplighter in the mold of Bert. Knock it out of the park Emily and Lin-Manuel.
Titled Mary Poppins Returns, the musical will be directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) and will hit theaters December 25, 2018. Rob, please do not mess this up.
The screenplay will be written by David Magee (Life of Pi), based on The Mary Poppins Stories by P.L. Travers, with Broadway’s Marc Shaiman composing an all-new score and Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) writing original songs.
Here’s how Walt Disney Pictures describes the story of Mary Poppins Returns:
“Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins 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.”