It’s a good day for people who like good things. Because when it comes to good things, the very best things, Lin-Manuel Miranda is king. And lucky for everyone who doesn’t live in New York and have a couple grand in disposable income lying around, Hollywood is getting on the LMM train.
First off, that Mary Poppins rumor we heard earlier this year has been confirmed: Emily Blunt will be the titular nanny in the new Mary Poppins Returns, based on P.L. Travers’ original stories. And Miranda has signed on to play a character named Jack, a lamplighter.
Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
The movie will be directed by Into the Woods’ Rob Marshall and written by Finding Neverland’s David Magee. From the sound of it, Miranda won’t have any kind of hand in the new score, but if we got literally everything we wanted, I suppose we wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves. Oh, and this one comes with a Christmas 2018 release date, so we’ve got a bit of waiting to do.
Next up, while there’s still no word on that Hamilton movie (or live broadcast! We’re not picky!) we’re all crying out for, we are getting a movie version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s last Broadway hit, In the Heights. If you’re not familiar with this show, oh boy are you in for a treat. Miranda wrote the musical when he was in college, and after moving to Broadway, it won a whole bunch of Tony Awards in 2008. It also has a lot of the elements you love in Hamilton: the intense, complex hip-hop layering, a story told by and about immigrants, and total unbridled excitement channeled through the most talented performers imaginable, to start. Plus, the original production shared a couple of cast members.
No word on a release date, but the Oscar-magnet Weinstein Company has officially come onboard. Lin-Manuel is gonna get that EGOT, probably many times over by the time he’s done.