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Hamilton creator eyed to star in Mary Poppins sequel

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of hit Broadway musical Hamilton, is in talks to join Emily Blunt in the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel.
Executives at Disney are developing a revamp of Julie Andrews’ classic 1964 musical, and last week (ends21Feb16), it was reported that Into the Woods star Blunt is in final negotiations to take on the titular role of the beloved nanny.
Now, studio bosses are looking to add a Broadway heavyweight to the mix, as Miranda is in talks to play Jack, Mary’s lamplighter friend, according to Variety.
Set 20 years after the events of the original movie, the as-yet-untitled project chronicle Mary’s return to the Banks family to help them overcome a tragedy, and Jack is there to assist her.
Miranda, a Tony, Emmy, and Grammy winner, already has ties with Disney, as he’s currently composing music for the studio’s upcoming animated film Moana, starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. He also wrote music with director J.J. Abrams for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The Mary Poppins sequel will be directed by Chicago filmmaker Rob Marshall, with Hairspray composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman penning original songs and a new score. Finding Neverland writer David Magee is set to write the screenplay.

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