Hamilton‘s star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is currently in talks to star in Disney’s upcoming sequel to the classic film Mary Poppins. Not only is the recent Grammy winner starring in the film, he will also be developing original songs for the sequel. Miranda previously composed original music for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
It was reported earlier in the week that Emily Blunt is currently in discussions to star as Mary Poppins. Miranda would portray Jack, a lamplighter and Poppins sidekick.
The sequel takes place during Depression-era London, 20 years after the first film and will incorporate storylines from P.L. Travers’ books. The film will follow the now grown Banks children, Jane and Michael who have been met with a tough personal loss, the catalyst for the return of the magical Mary Poppins. Poppins along with help from her lamplighter friend Jack, aid the family through the crisis.
Mary Poppins will feature a score by Broadway veterans Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Smash, Catch Me If You Can), with the screenplay written by David Magee (Finding Neverland). Rob Marshall as been tapped to direct with John DeLuca and Marc Platt producing.
If Miranda nabs the role of Jack, it will be his third project with Disney. The Tony nominee wrote original music for Disney’s upcoming animated film Moana, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the demigod Maui.
Miranda is most known for creating and composing the hit musical In the Heights. The musical hit made its Broadway debut at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in March 2008. Miranda’s work has earned him the 2008 Tony Award for Best Original Score, the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and he is the 2015 recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award.
Miranda is currently playing the lead role of Alexander Hamilton in his broadway sensation Hamilton. Hamilton was recently awarded the 2016 Edward Kennedy Prize for Drama.