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Disney Mary Poppins sequel gets 2018 release date, title

Disney has finally set a release window for the long-awaited Mary Poppins sequel, which will star Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The announcement was made by Disney earlier today, adding the popular Hamilton star and creator to the cast.

Lin-Manuel Miranda will star as a new character to the series, Emily Blunt will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins. The film will be called “Mary Poppins Returns,” and Disney will release the film around Christmas in 2018. Miranda’s character will be a street lamplighter named Jack.

The studio described the film stating, “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 same team that brought you “Into the Woods” will reunite for the new installment. Oscar nominee, Emmy and DGA Award winner Rob Marshall will direct and produce the film, along with Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee John DeLuca and Oscar, and Emmy and Tony Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Marc Platt also serving as producers.

Disney also confirmed that the screenplay will be written by Oscar nominee David Magee.

The film is based on The Mary Poppins Stories by P.L. Travers, fans can expect a brand-new score written by Oscar nominee and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman. Shaiman and Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Scott Wittman will also be writing original songs for the project.

“I am truly humbled and honored to be asked by Disney to bring P.L. 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,” says Marshall.

The original P.L. Travers works were introduced back in 1934, the first book in the series was simply called “Mary Poppins,” which Disney adapted and released in August, 1964. That film was directed by Robert Stevenson and starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

The original Marry Poppins won five Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Andrews.