1:42 pm EST, February 24, 2016

‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda in talks to join Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’


Hot off the continuing success of Hamilton the Musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda is diving deeper into Hollywood.

First we learned that the Hamilton creator and star penned Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ cantina music with J.J. Abrams. Then we learned he was writing music for Disney Animation’s upcoming musical Moana (which hits theaters later this year). And now, in another deal with Disney, today we’re learning he’s in talks to co-star in the studio’s upcoming Mary Poppins sequel.

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Variety reports Lin-Manuel will play Jack, “a lamplighter resembling the character of Bert, who was famously played by Dick Van Dyke in the 1964 classic.” In addition, Lin-Manuel is “expected to play a part in developing new songs for the Poppins sequel.”

As we told you last week, Emily Blunt is in talks to star as Mary Poppins herself. The story, directed by Into the Woods helmer Rob Marshall, is set 20 years after the original movie starring Julie Andrews.

Lin-Manuel appears to have a great relationship with Disney that is only just beginning.

Hamilton the Musical is currently performing on Broadway. The show will expand to Chicago later this year before taking a nationwide tour in 2017. The beloved show received an awareness boost in the middle of February when the opening number was performed live during the Grammys. It was the first time the musical televised a performance.

Source: Variety

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