News Briefs: 'Hamilton' Star May Join Emily Blunt in 'Mary Poppins' Sequel

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Mary Poppins: Broadway star and musical composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) is in talks to star with Emily Blunt in the sequel to Mary Poppins. He would portray Jack, described as "a lamplighter resembling the character of Bert, famously played by Dick Van Dyke in the 1964 classic." Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) will direct. Miranda, who composed the music for the cantina scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is expected to help develop new songs as well. [Variety]

 

Guillermo del Toro

Scary Stories: Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak, above) will not be directing Pacific Rim 2, but another of his projects is moving forward. Dan and Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie) have been hired to write a new version of the screenplay for Scary Stories, an adaptation of Alvin Schwartz's trilogy Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The writers previously worked with del Toro on Trollhunters, his animated series for Netflix. [THR]

 

A Better Life

Nazi Thriller: Filmmaker Chris Weitz, who wrote the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is in early discussions to direct an untitled thriller about the search for Adolf Eichmann. The Nazi war criminal fled Germany after World War II and hid in seclusion for some 15 years before he was captured and brought to trial. Weitz (above, center) previously directed the powerful drama A Better Life and The Twilight Saga: New Moon. [Deadline]

 

The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans Trailer: Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander star in the first trailer for The Light Between Oceans. The movie follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife in Australia who decide to raise a baby they've rescued from a rowboat. Rachel Weisz also stars; the movie will open in theaters on September 2. [Movieclips]

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