It has long been assumed Emily Blunt would be taking over the lead role from Julie Andrews in the belated sequel to the 1964 classic musical Mary Poppins. Now Disney has finally confirmed the news. Well, she is practically perfect for the role in every way.

It has also been revealed that Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of hit musical Hamilton) will join Blunt as new character Jack, a lamplighter. Clearly, he will be filling the same type of role that Dick Van Dyke’s Bert the chimney sweep did in the original.

Here’s the synopsis for the film:

This new story will take place in Depression-era London and follows a now-grown-up Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by Poppins following a personal loss. She and her friend Jack then help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns will apparently go back to P.L. Travers original series of children’s books for inspiration (the second book in the series was similarly titled Mary Poppins Comes Back). It will be directed by Rob Marshall of Chicago, Pirates of the Carribbean: On Stranger Tides and Into the Woods. Here’s what he had to say about his appointment:

“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.”

The script will be written by David Magee (Finding Neverland) and the songs will come from Hairspray‘s Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. As previously revealed, it will be released on December 25, 2018.

 

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