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‘Hamilton’ Lin-Manuel Miranda in Talks for ‘Mary Poppins; Sequel Casting with Emily Blunt

By James Knight J.knight@classicalite.com on Feb 24, 2016 09:56 PM EST

It’s a jolly holiday with Lin-Manuel Miranda. That is right. The mastermind behind Hamilton and In the Heights may be joining Emily Blunt in the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel. Miranda is reportedly being looked at the role of Jack, a lamplighter who is said to be quite similar to our favorite Chimney Sweep, Bert played by Dick Van-Dyke in the original 1964 film. The film will be directed by Rob Marshall who also directed film versions of Chicago, Nine and Into the Woods.

Late last year, Rob Marshall spoke to Vulture about the upcoming film and how it fits into the Mary Poppins universe:

"It is not a new Mary Poppins... P.L. Travers wrote eight books all together. They worked from the first book, and we are working from the other books, not touching the iconic brilliance of Mary Poppins. This is an extension. I'm a huge fan of the original, and I'm a very good friend of Julie Andrews, and I hold it in such awe. There is all this new material -- it was the Harry Potter of its time -- and they were never turned into anything further than that adventure."

What do you think about the new film? Are you excited to see a sequel to Mary Poppins? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

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