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Disney's Mary Poppins Returns to be released in December 2018

Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY have confirmed that Mary Poppins Returns will be released on December 25, 2018.

The release date comes more than five decades after the 1964 classic original first played in cinemas.

The film already stars Emily Blunt as the magical nanny but has now added Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and creator of the Broadway hit musical, Hamilton, to its ranks.

The story will be set in Depression-era London, where a now-grown up Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by their former nanny following a tragedy in the family that leaves them numb and joyless.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Miranda will play the role of Jack the lamplighter, a new character.

Rob Marshall, of Chicago fame, is directing the movie, which is based on a script by David Magee.

Marshall said in a statement: “I am truly humbled and honoured to be asked by Disney to bring P.L. Travers’ further adventures to the screen. The iconic original film means so much to me personally, and I look forward to creating an original movie musical that can bring Mary Poppins, and her message that childlike wonder can be found in even the most challenging of times, to a whole new generation.”

The character of Mary Poppins was first introduced by author PL Travers’ in her 1934 book of the same name, which Disney adapted into the classic 1964 movie starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

Travers’ wrote seven additional books about Mary Poppins that were published between 1935 and 1988.

A critically-acclaimed film charting Mary Poppins journey to the big screen has also been released, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. It was called Saving Mr Banks.

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