- Emily Blunt is set to play Mary Poppins in the upcoming sequel to the 1964 Disney classic
- She will be joined by Pulitzer Prize winner and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda
- Mary Poppins Returns is set to premiere on December 25, 2018
British actress Emily Blunt and Broadway favorite Lin-Manuel Miranda are set to star in the much-awaited sequel of the classic 1964 Disney film Mary Poppins which is set to premiere on Christmas Day in 2018.
Blunt will play the titular character in the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns; following in the footsteps of veteran actress Julie Andrews who catapulted to fame after winning the Best Actress Awards in the Oscars, BAFTA, and Golden Globes for playing the beloved nanny character.
Meanwhile, Miranda, the Pulitzer Prize winner and creator of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, will be playing a new character named Jack, who, in the sequel, is a streetlamp lighter.
The original movie was based on a book by P.L. Travers, about a magical nanny with a flying umbrella who helps improves the lives of the Banks family; particularly brother and sister Michael and Jane.
Mary Poppins Returns picks up from where the original left off; set in Depression-era London. In the sequel, Mary Poppins meets up with the now grown-up Jane Banks, Michael Banks, and his three children after they suffer 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,” Walt Disney Co. studio told Reuters.
It is not clear if original cast members Andrews, now 80 years old, or Dick Van Dyke, the 90-year-old actor who played the original sidekick to Mary Poppins, will return in the sequel in any capacity.
The new Mary Poppins movie will be directed by Rob Marshall, who worked in another Disney hit, Into the Woods while Finding Neverland writer, David Magee, will work on the screenplay.
Award-winning musical team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will be composing new original songs and scoring for the upcoming sequel.