No spoonful of sugar required to make this news go down.
Everybody's personal fave Emily Blunt and "Hamilton" maestro Lin-Manuel Miranda have officially signed on to star in Disney's "Mary Poppins" sequel scheduled for release on Dec. 25, 2018. That means you have two years to learn how to spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (we copied and pasted).
"Mary Poppins Returns" will pick up with P. L. Travers' iconic nanny (Blunt), as she reunites with the children, Jane and Michael Banks, whom she once duped into taking medicine. From the synopsis, it sounds like Blunt's Poppins could not have returned at a better time, as Michael now has three young children and the family has recently suffered a personal loss.
"Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack (Miranda), [Mary Poppins] helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives," reads the Disney press release.
The sequel will be directed and produced by Rob Marshall, who recently helmed Disney's big-budget adaptation of "Into the Woods" starring Blunt. Mark Shaiman will produce an all-new score for the film, as well co-write original songs with Tony Award-winner and frequent collaborator Scott Wittman.
“I am truly humbled and honored to be asked by Disney to bring P.L. Travers’ further adventures to the screen," Marshall said in a statement. "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.”
This is undeniably exciting, but did NO ONE alert Tobias Fünke?