A sequel to a classic Disney film is moving forward, with the latest development being the addition of “Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda to the “Mary Poppins” sequel. Talks are continuing, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Miranda will play Jack in the new musical.
Rob Marshall, whose 2002 effort “Chicago” won the Academy Award for Best Picture, is directing, and “Into the Woods” actress Emily Blunt — a Golden Globe winner for “Gideon’s Daughter” — is signed to play Mary. The new project is set 20 years after the events of the beloved 1964 movie.
“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,” THR reports. “She teams up with her lamplighter friend Jack (Miranda) to help the family.”