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Mary Poppins Returns: Lin-Manuel Miranda on his character's similarities to Dick Van Dyke

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Lin-Manuel Miranda will soon be stepping into Dick Van Dyke’s soot-stained shoes.

The Hamilton star and creator is headed to London for a year to film Disney’s upcoming musical Mary Poppins Returns, but before he travels across the pond, Miranda stopped by Good Morning America to talk about his many upcoming projects (including the animated Disney film Moana and the Hamilton documentary) and share a few details about Mary Poppins Returns.

In Mary Poppins Returns, which is set about 20 years after the events of the classic 1964 film, Emily Blunt takes over the role originated by Julie Andrews, and Miranda plays a lamplighter named Jack. And although Jack is an entirely different character than Van Dyke’s iconic chimney sweeper Bert, Miranda says there are certain similarities between the two.

“It’s the same position. It’s a different character,” Miranda explained. “This takes place about 20 years after the original Mary Poppins film took place. But I get to be around for the adventures with Mary and the kids and sing and dance and do all the fun things. It’s a new story. There are about eight Mary Poppins books, so what the creative team has done is sort of taken some of the adventures from those. Michael and Jane Banks have grown up, so this has to do with their kids.”

In addition to Blunt and Miranda, the cast includes Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw, who’ll play the grown-up Jane and Michael Banks, and Meryl Streep, who’s on board as Mary’s cousin Topsy. The film also reunites Blunt, Streep, and their Into the Woods director Rob Marshall.

“To be able to say, ‘Bye honey, I’m going to work,’ and work means singing and dancing around with Emily Blunt with Rob Marshall directing, that’s like the best work day ever,” Miranda added.

Mary Poppins Returns is set for release on Dec. 25, 2018.

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