'Mary Poppins Returns' Will Star Emily Blunt And 'Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda In Sequel To Beloved Disney Film

Susan Macdonald

Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to one of Disney's most popular films, will star British actress Emily Blunt and Broadway's own Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame. The Guardian confirmed the rumors for the casting choices.

P. L. Travers wrote nine books about Mary Poppins from 1934 to 1988. Only a fraction of that material was used in original Mary Poppins movie, and it was changed immensely from the original books. Travers was dismayed by the liberties Walt Disney took with the stories and her most famous character, as shown in the Disney movie Saving Mr. Banks starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks.

Emily has been the heroine of historical adventure films, science fiction action-thrillers, and romantic comedies, having played roles as diverse as Catherine Howard (Henry VIII's fourth wife), a Lilliputian princess, and a special forces soldier fighting aliens.

Dr. Lin-Manuel Miranda is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship "genius grant" and an honorary doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to Hamilton, nominated for 16 Tony Awards, he also wrote In the Heights.

The Telegraph reported that Rob Marshall will be directing Mary Poppins Returns. Marshall previously directed Emily in Into the Woods. Marshall has been nominated for an Academy Award and has won Emmy Awards, Tony Awards, and the Directors Guild of America Award. He also directed Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

"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."

David Magee, the scriptwriter for Finding Neverland, The Life of Pi, and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, will be writing the script, mining the other Mary Poppins books for material, but setting it during the Depression.

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