While Alice Through the Looking Glass is looking like a misfire for Disney, they've got such a large library of classics to pull from that's no skin off their back. A few months ago we learned that Emily Blunt would be starring as Mary Poppins in some kind of sequel, the details of which were very scarce. But now Disney is ready to open the umbrella, so to speak, revealing plot details and a multi-time award winner who is joining the cast.
Disney confirms both Emily Blunt and "Hamilton" star Lin-Manuel Miranda for Mary Poppins Returns, which will be directed by Into the Woods' Rob Marshall. Whoa. Miranda, a Grammy, Emmy, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize winner, will be taking on a brand new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Blunt will play the iconic Mary Poppins in a story set during the Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. The story will be a combination of material pulled from the many sequels written by author P.L. Travers. Oscar nominee David Magee will pen the screenplay.
So basically there are award winners all over the place, and you can expect Disney will hold nothing back in making Mary Poppins Returns a huge event. The film will open on Christmas Day 2018.