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Well, this is just supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda from Broadway's hit show "Hamilton" are officially starring in the live-action Disney adaptation of "Mary Poppins Returns." The feature film is set to take place in Depression-era London, and the two children from the original (Jane and Michael Banks) will be all grown up. Michael will have three of his own children.
Blunt will play Poppins, the magical nanny originally embodied by Julie Andrews in the 1964 Oscar-winning film based on the P.L. Travers' books. Miranda will play a new character, a lamplighter named Jack. (No word yet on whether he'll need to learn a Cockney accent, as Dick Van Dyke sort of did to play chimney sweep Bert.)
"Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, [Mary Poppins] helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives," Disney said in a press release.
The film will be directed by Rob Marshall, the director behind such modern-day movie musicals as "Chicago" and "Into the Woods" (which also starred Blunt) and Tony-winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are set to create a new score and songs. There's no indication yet as to whether Andrews (who is 80) or Van Dyke (who is 90) will make cameos in the new film.
"Mary Poppins Returns" is set for release in December 2018. That's a very nice spoonful of sugar!
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