Walt Disney Pictures has announced that Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt (Into the Woods, Sicario) and Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) will star in Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to the 1964 classic Mary Poppins.
Blunt will play Marry Poppins, while Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. The movie will draw inspiration from the novels about Mary Poppins written by P.L. Travers.
Academy Award nominated and Emmy and DGA Award winner Rob Marshall will direct and produce the film. Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee John DeLuca and Academy Award, Emmy and Tony Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Marc Platt are also producers. Academy Award nominee David Magee will provide the script, with Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman composing an all-new score and Shaiman and Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Scott Wittman writing original songs.
The original 1964 Mary Poppins movie was directed by Robert Stevenson and starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. It won five Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Julie Andrews.
A 2013 film named Saving Mr. Banks, directed by John Lee Hancock with a written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith, is a fictionalized depiction of the film’s production and the difficulties that Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) faced in persuading P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to hand over the film rights to her characters over to his company.