My favorite person right now, Lin-Manuel Miranda, is set to star in a Mary Poppins sequel! AHHHHHHHH.
Walt Disney Pictures officially announced that a sequel to the 1964 musical was in the works, titled Mary Poppins Returns then this week they announced that Golden Globe Award winner Emily Blunt (Into the Woods) and Emmy, Grammy, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “In the Heights”) are set to star.
Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. The sequel is pulling from P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels which take place in Depression-era London. It 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.
The film will be directed by Oscar nominee, Emmy and DGA Award winner Rob Marshall and produced by Marshall, Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee John DeLuca and Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Marc Platt. The screenplay will be written by Oscar nominee David Magee. Oscar nominee and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman composing an all-new score and Shaiman and Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Scott Wittman writing original songs.
“I am truly humbled and honored to be asked by Disney to bring P.L. Travers’ further adventures to the screen. The iconic original film means so much to me personally, and I look forward to creating an original movie musical that can bring Mary Poppins, and her message that childlike wonder can be found in even the most challenging of times, to a whole new generation,” says Marshall.
Mary Poppins Returns will hit theaters on December 25, 2018.