Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins ‘Mary Poppins’ | Film News
Lin-Manuel Miranda has been soaking up praise for writing and starring in Hamilton on Broadway. Hamilton is a musical about America founding father Alexander Hamilton; Miranda penned the book and lyrics and composed the music, proving he’s a man of many talents. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by Disney as they have acquired his services for Mary Poppins.
Directed by Rob Marshall, the new Mary Poppins will fast-forward in time to the Depression era, roughly 20 years after the events of the original, and will continue to focus on the Banks family. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are the ones hired to provide the new music, but with Miranda coming on board it wouldn’t be too surprising if he ends up helping out on that front too.
While Miranda still hasn’t officially confirmed he is in, he would play a lamplighter named Jack, supplying the Dick Van Dyke element to the new film, though hopefully his cockney isn’t as dodgy. Mary Poppins will star Emily Blunt in the leading role and has a supposed release date of 2017.
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