Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt (Sicario) and Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Pulitzer winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) have been confirmed to star in the new Mary Poppins film, due for release December 25, 2018. Disney announced on Tuesday that the long-awaited sequel to Mary Poppins will star Blunt as the titular witch and Hamilton’s Miranda as “a street lamplighter named Jack.”
The film, titled ‘Mary Poppins’ Returns’, will be centred on a now-grown Michael Banks and his three children in the aftermath of a tragedy, and the help they get from Poppins and Jack in 1930s London.
Rob Marshall, who worked with Blunt on the film version of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods, as well as the film adaptations of ‘Chicago’ and ‘Nine’, will direct, with a script to be be written by ‘Finding Neverland’ writer David Magee. Tony award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman have been enlisted to write songs for the feature.
When the remake was first announced last year, Marshall stated it would not be based on the 1964 musical, but would instead draw its story from the seven previously unadapted books Mary Poppins’ creator PL Travers wrote about the magical nanny.
“This is an extension. I’m a huge fan of the original, and I’m a very good friend of Julie Andrews, and I hold it in such awe. There is all this new material – it was the Harry Potter of its time – and they were never turned into anything further than that adventure,” said Marshall.
Disney’s original ‘Mary Poppins’ film, directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, won five Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Andrews. Travers wrote seven additional Mary Poppins books, published between 1935 and 1988.