Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins Emily Blunt In 'Mary Poppins Returns'

Lin-Manuel Miranda is going from Founding Father to London lamplighter.

Lin-Manuel, the star of Broadway's Tony-nominated "Hamilton," is joining Emily Blunt in "Mary Poppins Returns," the sequel to 1964's "Mary Poppins," Walt Disney Studios announced on Tuesday.

Previous reports linked Emily with the project, cast as the titular character, Mary Poppins, and the studio's release officially confirmed her in the role. Lin-Manuel will play a new character – a "street lamplighter named Jack," per Disney.

The new film will pull from P.L. Travers' seven additional books, and catch follow up with "now grown" Jane and Michael Banks.

Mary Poppins will visit Jane, Michael and his three children following "a personal loss," the studio said of the plot for "Mary Poppins Returns."

The film, due out on December 25, 2018, will be directed by Rob Marshall.

"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," Marshall said in a statement. 

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