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Mary Poppins sequel casting Lin-Manuel Miranda in Dick Van Dyke-esque role

February 27th, 2016 by Marc Comments


We already know that Emily Blunt is likely to sign on to play Mary Poppins in Disney’s currently in production remake/sequel/reboot... but what about Bert, Dick Van Dyke’s chimney sweep?

Well, no-one. Yet.


Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is in talks to play Jack, a lamplighter who may well be this movie’s version of Bert from the 1964 original.

Insiders confirm the new film will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written and 20 years after the first film was set) and will take story lines from P.L. Travers’ books focusing on Poppins’ continued adventures with the Banks family.

Miranda isn’t just an actor here, as he also helped compose the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the upcoming Moana at Disney.

He’s expected to help compose the music in the new Mary Poppins too.

It’s hard not to be excited for the Mary Poppins universe returning… we just hope it’s a musical and has the cartoon element too.

Source: variety

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….