Mary Poppins Returns is coming in 2018

Sequel to the Disney classic will star Emily Blunt as the magical nanny

The long-awaited Mary Poppins sequel finally has a release date: Christmas Day 2018.

Starring Brit actress Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns comes more than 50 years after its predecessor, which was released in 1964 and starred Julie Andrews as the magical nanny.

Rob Marshall, who specialises in film adaptions of Broadway musicals, will direct. The multiple Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe-winning composer Marc Shaiman is writing the score and collaborating with Scott Wittman on new songs for the film.

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“I am truly humbled and honored to be asked by Disney to bring PL 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,” Marshall said in a statement.

Mary Poppins first appeared in 1934, in a book by PL Travers, who wrote seven more stories about her adventures, which were published between 1935 and 1988.

This particular film is said to be based in 1930s London, and will feature Jane and Michael Banks, the children from the first film, who are now grown up. Alongside Michael’s three children, they are visited by Poppins following a family tragedy.

Miranda, the creative force behind the hit stage show Hamilton, will play the role of Jack the lamplighter, a character new to the series.