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Emily Blunt to star in new Mary Poppins film

by david mercer

Emily Blunt is to follow in the footsteps of Julie Andrews as the star of a new Mary Poppins film.

The British actress will play the magical nanny in a sequel to 1964 Disney classic, which is due to be released on Christmas Day in 2018.

Mary Poppins Returns will tell the story of an older Jane and Michael Banks and Michael's three children, who are visited by Poppins in the aftermath of a "personal loss" in Depression-hit London.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, will play a new character in the film, Jack, a street lamplighter.

The movie's director is Rob Marshall, whose previous work includes Chicago and Into The Woods.

Marshall said: "I am truly humbled and honoured to be asked by Disney to bring PL Travers' further adventures to the screen."

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