- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

As Bert the chimney sweep might say, “Can’t put me finger on what lies in store/But I feel what’s to happen all happened before.” Casting is underway for a sequel to the 1964 musical “Mary Poppins,” The Independent reported.

English actress Emily Blunt has been cast as the title character in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” a sequel which “will focus on the children from the Julie Andrews-starring film — Jane and Michael Banks — who are now grown up with children of their own.”

In February, Variety magazine reported that Ms. Blunt was in talks to play the character, citing sources who said that her work in the 2014 fairy-tale flick “Into the Woods” made her the favorite choice of director Rob Marshall and producers John DeLuca and Marc Platt.

Playwright and musical theater star Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” has been cast in the role of Jack, a lamplighter, The Independent noted, predicting he “will be very much like Dick Van Dyke’s iconic chimney sweep.”

You’ll have plenty of time to feed the birds or go fly a kite before the sequel hits the silver screen. The perfect nanny isn’t scheduled to blow into theaters until Christmas Day 2018.

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