'Mary Poppins Returns' Begins Production

Production has begun on "Mary Poppins Returns," starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Walt Disney Studios announced the news on Thursday evening.

The new film is a sequel to the 1964 classic, "Mary Poppins," with its story set in 1930s London. After a grown-up Michael (Ben Whishaw) "Suffers a personal loss," Mary Poppins "re-enters the lives of the banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives," per the studio.

Filming is taking place at Shepperton Studios in the United Kingdom.

The film will hit theaters on December 25, 2018.

-- Jolie Lash

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