Disney’s Mary Poppins sequel, which stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins and takes place many years after the original film, just got a bit more interesting by casting everyone’s favorite Founding Father, Lin-Manuel Miranda (well, according to THR; Variety has him as “in talks”).
This turns a project I had no feelings toward into something I will see regardless of how good or bad it looks. Miranda will play a lamplighter named Jack, someone not too dissimilar from Bert, the character played by Dick Van Dyke in the original. It’ll be a big role. Variety claims Miranda would also have some role in the creation of the film’s new songs.
The real story here, however, is the indication that Miranda will probably leave the lead role in his beloved creation, Hamilton. I was talking to a friend the other day about what a bummer it would be to pay so much for a Hamilton ticket only to come on a day where an understudy takes one of the main roles (no disrespect to understudies). It was probably inevitable, but with Miranda gone, a key voice of that play will change, and while whoever the new Hamilton is might be great in the role, it’s still kind of sad. Though I’m not sure why I care since I’m never going to see it live anyway.
But while Hamilton takes a hit, this is a big boon for Mary Poppins. Miranda adores musicals and there’s no way he’s not going to give this his all, so even if the movie ends up being horrible, there’s at least going to be one performance worth checking out.