'Mary Poppins Returns' news: Lin-Manuel Miranda says film is a 'straight up sequel' of the original

(REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda greets spectators after taking part in his last performance with "Hamilton" in New York, July 9, 2016.

Last year, word got out that Disney was planning to make a "Mary Poppins" sequel. Since then, Emily Blunt has been cast to play the titular character while Lin-Manuel Miranda is set to play a character named Jack, a street lamplighter just like Bert (Dick Van Dyke) from the original 1964 film.

Not much was known about the upcoming film until Miranda decided to shed some light on the subject as he shared some juicy tidbits with Variety. According to the actor, "Mary Poppins Returns" would be a "straight up sequel" and not a remake of the original.

"Michael and Jane Banks have grown up, and they find themselves in their own spot, and Mary Poppins comes back to take care of Michael's kids," said Miranda. "I play a lamplighter named Jack who sort of grew up apprenticing to Bert. So I know if Mary Poppins shows up, it's gonna get awesome. I perform that function in the movie, of saying: 'Y'all don't know about Mary Poppins. When Mary's around, cool sh– happens.'"

Miranda stated that he would be in London during the first half of next year to film the sequel. During the interview, he also said that he would love to meet Van Dyke. Well, he might get his wish soon because it is rumored that Van Dyke and original Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews, might appear in the sequel. The two actors have yet to confirm or deny this as of the moment, so readers are advised to take this rumor with a grain of salt.

Meanwhile, Meryl Streep is going to play a character named Topsy Tartlet, and sources say Ben Whishaw may be portraying Michael.

"Mary Poppins Returns" is set 20 years after the first film and it will take place during the Great Depression. The sequel is due to hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2018.

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