Lin-Manuel Miranda moving to London for Mary Poppins Returns

Lim-Manuel Miranda can't wait to film Mary Poppins in London with Emily Blunt.

Broadway actor/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda is preparing to relocate his family to London while he shoots the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel.

The Hamilton creator has been cast as a lamplighter named Jack in Mary Poppins Returns, starring opposite Emily Blunt as the titular magical nanny.

Rehearsals are set to begin in London next month (Nov16), with the cast and crew expected to spend the better part of 2017 filming the movie musical in the British capital.

Accordingly, Lin-Manuel will be setting up home across the Atlantic.

"I'm moving," he shared on New York-based breakfast show Good Morning America. "We film in London all next year, so I leave here and then pack (my things) in boxes."

Lin-Manuel, who has a one-year-old son named Sebastian with his wife Vanessa, admits he jumped at the opportunity to join the cast of the Rob Marshall film, and he cannot wait to get started on the dream project.

"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 ever - and in London, so I can't wait," he smiled. "We'll be there a long time."

Mary Poppins Returns takes place 20 years after the original tale, which saw the enchanting nanny - played by Julie Andrews in the 1964 film - land on the doorstep of the Banks family's home and help strengthen their bond. The focus will now be on the original children's offspring, with adventures inspired by moments from some of the eight Mary Poppins books by author P. L. Travers.

Emily Mortimer will play a grown-up Jane Banks, while Spectre star Ben Whishaw has been cast as Jane's brother Michael. Meryl Streep will take on the role of Mary Poppins' cousin Topsy in Mary Poppins Returns, which is set for release in 2018.

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