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Emily Blunt to play 'Mary Poppins' in sequel

  • FILE - In this April 11, 2016 file photo, Emily Blunt arrives at the LA Premiere of "The Huntsman: Winter's War" in Los Angeles. Blunt will star with Lin-Manuel Miranda in "Mary Poppins Returns," a sequel to the 1964 classic, which will be released on Dec. 25, 2018. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this April 11, 2016 file photo, Emily Blunt arrives at the LA Premiere of "The Huntsman: Winter's War" in Los Angeles. Blunt will star with Lin-Manuel Miranda in "Mary Poppins Returns," a sequel to the 1964 classic, which will be released on Dec. 25, 2018. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 24, 2016 file photo, Lin-Manuel Miranda attends his Sardi's caricature unveiling at Sardi's restaurant in New York. Miranda will star with Emily Blunt in "Mary Poppins Returns," a sequel to the 1964 classic, which will be released on Dec. 25, 2018. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this May 24, 2016 file photo, Lin-Manuel Miranda attends his Sardi's caricature unveiling at Sardi's restaurant in New York. Miranda will star with Emily Blunt in "Mary Poppins Returns," a sequel to the 1964 classic, which will be released on Dec. 25, 2018. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Move over, Julie Andrews, there's a new Mary Poppins in town.

Walt Disney Studios announced Tuesday that "Into the Woods" star Emily Blunt would be taking over the part of the P.L. Travers-created nanny in a sequel to the 1964 classic, with "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda joining as a new character, Jack, the street lamplighter.

The film, entitled "Mary Poppins Returns," will center on a now-grown Michael Banks and his three children in the aftermath of a tragedy and the help they get from Mary Poppins and Jack in Depression-era London.

Rob Marshall is set to direct off of a script from "Finding Neverland" writer David Magee.

The film is scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2018.

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