The last time we saw Mary Poppins, she looked a lot like Julie Andrews and was riding her demonic umbrella into the polluted London sky. The next time we see Mary Poppins, she’ll look a lot like Emily Blunt and will be descending onto the Tower Bridge to hang out with her good friend who looks a lot like Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Disney announced today that the long-awaited sequel to Mary Poppins will star Blunt as the titular witch and Hamilton’s Miranda as “a street lamplighter named Jack.” I presume he’ll be itching to light her lamp, if you know what I mean. (I don’t think I know what I mean.)
Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following 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.
The film will be directed by Rob Marshall, the man responsible for the film adaptations of Chicago, Nine, and Into the Woods. It’s scheduled to be released on December 25, 2018.
The ghost of P.L. Travers is expected to begin haunting everyone involved shortly.
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