Music composer Lin-Manuel Miranda is set to lead alongside Emily Blunt in the 2018 Disney movie, “Mary Poppins Returns.”
A couple of teaser images of the upcoming film has been circulating on social media, including Miranda as Jack, the lamplighter. The movie is a sequel to the 1964 musical comedy film “Mary Poppins,” with British actress Emily Blunt playing the titular character.
Also starring is Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep as Topsy Poppins, with Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer as the grown-up Michael and Jane Banks, respectively. The original cast member Dick Van Dyke will return to take the role of Mr. Dawes, Jr.
“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. 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 s**t happens'” Miranda told Variety in September 2016.
Speaking of the plot, the fantasy film is set in the 1930s during the Depression in London, United Kingdom. Now living on Cherry Tree Lane, Michael and his three children are suffering from a loss of a loved one. The enigmatic nanny, Mary Poppins, reappears to help Michael’s family to find joy and wonder once again.
Meanwhile, Miranda became a household name for his songwriting work in Disney’s 2016 box office hit, “Moana.” His composition, “How Far I’ll Go,” has earned him Golden Globe, Critics Choice Award, and Academy Award nominations.
The Puerto Rican-American playwright wrote the music and lyrics of the popular Broadway show “Hamilton,” in which he also starred in. His theatrical composition has won him the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album in 2016.
“About time.. he’s worked so hard all this time.. he’s young, scrappy and hungry! And he’s not throwing away his shot!” said one avid Facebook fan of the multi-talented musician.