2018 may sound like a long time away, but this news was too exciting to wait! Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton, has been confirmed as a co-star in a new musical sequel to Mary Poppins. The movie, which is currently titled Mary Poppins Returns, will open Christmas Day, 2018. The Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner has been cast in the role of Jack, a lamplighter, in the movie based on other books in P.L. Travers’ series of books on the adventures of the magical nanny.
Emily Blunt, will play the magical nanny Mary Poppins. She was recently seen as The Baker’s Wife in the onscreen adaptation of Into the Woods.
Set 20 years after the events depicted in the classic 1964 film, the film will feature a new score composed by Hairspray Tony winners, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, will compose an original musical score. No word on whether Tony-winning composer-lyricist Miranda will be contributing any songs. Miranda is already on the Disney payroll writing music for the company’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the upcoming animated feature Moana.
Disney has set a release date for the movie of December 25, 2018.