The classic 1964 "Mary Poppins" musical will soon hit theaters starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, with Blunt taking the character of Julie Andrews in the film. Said live-action sequel from Disney as "Mary Poppins Returns" is set on Dec. 28, 2018.
The British actress will play the role of the magical umbrella wielding nanny with Miranda as the street lamplighter named Jack. Miranda is also the creator and star of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton.
The film is set in Depression-era London and will feature a grown up version of the children from the original when Poppins use her magic to help the family "rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives," Walt Disney Studios said, according to WMUR9.
It is also said that the film will draw inspiration from the "wealth of material in P.L. Travers' seven additional novels" that talked about Poppins. "Mary Poppins Returns" is about an older Jane and Michael Banks and Michael’s three children, who are visited by Poppins following a personal loss, Deadline reported.
The film is directed by Rob Marshall, who also worked on "Chicago" and "Into The Woods." Meanwhile, writer David Magee, produced the script, who also wrote Finding Neverland.
“I am truly humbled and honoured to be asked by Disney to bring PL 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,” Marshall said according to Irish Examiner.
Mary Poppins was first introduced into the world in a 1934 book written by PL Travers and was adapted by Disney adapted for the screen, which was then released on August 1964. Said film, starring Andrews and Dick Van Dyke and directed by Robert Stevenson won five Oscars, including the Best Actress award for Andrews. PL Travers also wrote seven more Mary Poppins books that were published between 1935 and 1988.