Disney announced Monday that Mary Poppins Returns will open on Dec. 25, 2018, more than five decades after the 1964 classic film first played in theatres. The musical stars Emily Blunt as the magical nanny opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and creator of the Broadway hit musical, Hamilton.
Rob Marshall is directing, as well as producing alongside 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 P.L. Travers’ 1934 book, which Disney adapted into the classic 1964 movie Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Travers’ wrote seven additional books about Mary Poppins that were published between 1935 and 1988.
“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,” Marshall said in a statement.
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.