Walt Disney’s new ‘Mary Poppins’ film, directed by Rob Marshall with Emily Blunt portraying everyone’s favorite magical nanny has found its male lead. Broadway wunderkind Lin-Manuel Miranda, the mastermind behind Broadway’s hottest show, ‘Hamilton’ (It’s sold out through 2018!) will play Jack, a lamplighter, a part similar to Bert the chimney sweep, played by Dick Van Dyke in the classic 1964 film.
The new movie is set 20 years after the original, in Depression-era London and will pull from one P.L. Travers’ seven other ‘Mary Poppins’ novels. (The 1964 film was based on the first, with hopes of turning them into a series, but Travers despised the film and nixed those plans.)
John DeLuca is producing the new film. No release date has been set, but it seems like the project is in the earliest stages of coming together.
Miranda is expected to contribute music to the movie, which makes sense. His musical ‘In The Heights’ won the Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Original Score, and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Miranda was nominated for the Tony for Best Actor in a Musical.
His newest endeavor ‘Hamilton’, a hip hop biography of President Alexander Hamilton was a success out of the gate, with his off-Broadway run selling out completely before it made its way to Broadway. I mentioned it’s sold out through 2018, right? Like ‘In The Heights’, ‘Hamilton’ won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
He was asked by J.J. Abrams to contribute to the soundtrack of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ including the song performed at Maz Kanata’s palace. Next, he is crafting songs for Disney’s animated movie ‘Moana’.
Here is a short clip featuring songs from ‘Hamilton’ to give you an idea of Miranda’s skills:
Some may be turned off by the thought of a new ‘Mary Poppins’ film, but the very least, it looks like Disney is tapping the best of the best to create it.
If this still leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, I hear a spoonful of sugar can help with that.
Are you horrified by the idea of a new ‘Mary Poppins’? Or do you find it intriguing?