It’s not all that shocking to hear Lin Manuel Miranda will sing in the upcoming Mary Poppins movie, with him being the creator of the Broadway smash Hamilton. But, it’s the musical style that might be a bit surprising.
Miranda recently talked to the Nerdist and he’s going to… rap. Spitting rhymes probably wasn’t quite a thing in 1930s London, but we’re all for utilizing artistic license.
Miranda, who stars as a lamplighter named Jack, said to the pop culture site, “Believe it or not, in 1934 music hall style, he even gets to do a little rap. It’s quite extraordinary.”
That’s an understatement if we’ve ever heard one. Everything about the magical nanny (Emily Blunt) and friends is extraordinary. It sounds like his performance might be a mashup of modern techniques and days of old, which has definitely piqued our interest.
He also talked about following in the footsteps of Dick Van Dyke, who played a chimney sweep in the original 1964 film, saying, “I aspire to have that much energy in my life, someday, much less at 91. It was a joyous two days (filming with Van Dyke on Mary Poppins Returns).”
Miranda and Van Dyke already do share something in common, with both of their characters putting on very cockney accents.
You can get a bit of a listen to Miranda’s British accent in the below:
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Mary Poppins Returns, with Emily Blunt in the title role, hits theaters on December 19. We can also look for other big names like Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Julie Walters… and, the one and only, Dick Van Dyke, returning to the franchise.
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