Mary Poppins Returns has a release date.
Disney's sequel, starring Emily Blunt as the magical nanny opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda — star and creator of Broadway's hit musical Hamilton — has been dated for Dec. 25, 2018, more than five decades after the 1964 film hit theaters.
Rob Marshall will direct and also is producing with Marc Platt and John DeLuca. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will be composing original songs and an all-new score.
The character of Mary Poppins was first introduced to the world in PL Travers' 1934 book, which Disney adapted into the classic 1964 film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Travers' wrote seven additional books about Mary Poppins that were published between 1935 and 1988.
Miranda will play the role of Jack in the new original musical. Sources say the story will center on the now grown-up Jane and Michael Banks, who have experienced a personal loss that results in the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins (Blunt). She teams up with her lamplighter friend Jack (Miranda) to help the family.
He already has a relationship with Disney as he's composing the music for the studio's upcoming animated film Moana. Miranda also worked on the music for Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. His previous acting credits include The Odd Life of Timothy Green and TV series Do No Harm.
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