Mary Poppins can slide up staircases, sail through the skies, and clean a messy room in a snap — but can she get Hamilton tickets?! Now, perhaps.
EW has learned Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star and creator of Broadway’s smash hit Hamilton, is in talks to play a “lamplighter” named Jack in Disney’s upcoming Mary Poppins sequel. Emily Blunt is presently in talks for the role of Mary Poppins.
The as-yet-untitled Poppins project is set in Depression-era London, years after the events of the 1964 film, and finds a grown-up Jane and Michael Banks, as well as Michael’s three children, encountering their venerated childhood nanny after the Banks family experiences a personal loss.
Mary returns to help the Banks family overcome tragedy through her palette of magical talents — and the help of her lamplighter friend Jack.
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Rob Marshall will direct the original feature, based on the seven additional novels in P.L. Travers’ children’s book series. The movie boasts an original score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and a screenplay by David Magee; Marc Platt and John DeLuca are producing.
Miranda, in addition to his creative work on Broadway as the mastermind behind Hamilton and In the Heights, is making a distinctive move into movies — particularly, with Disney. He’s already been tapped to pen new songs for Disney’s November animated film Moana, and wrote music for Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year.