On the heels of our first look at Emily Blunt as the iconic Mary Poppins, we now have our first shot of co-star Lin-Manuel Miranda, and his new, original character. Just about the only things we know about Miranda's character in the film are that he's named Jack, and that he's a lamplighter. As such, it's fitting that our first look at the character has him standing with a lamp. He also looks ready to break into song, which we've always figured was Lin-Manuel Miranda's resting state.
The image comes from Lin-Manuel Miranda fansite LinMiranda.com who posted the image to Twitter. The site followed up the post by promising that the image was legit and that they have several other similar images. Interestingly, they called this one the least "spoilery" which would imply that perhaps a wider shot of this image would tell us why Miranda is hanging from a street light.
If you're a fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Disney, or musicals in general, we can imagine that this image is pretty much exactly what you were hoping to see when Miranda was added to the cast. He looks perfectly at home here. If this moment really is part of a song, we can't wait to hear it. In addition to looking like something out of Mary Poppins, it's also got a Singin' in the Rain vibe to it which just makes it all the more perfect.
Mary Poppins Returns is currently filming in London with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt. The film takes place 20 years after the events of the original Julie Andrews movie and will see Jane and Michael Darling grown up and Jane with kids of her own. Miranda plays Jack, a lamplighter who was, according to Miranda, an apprentice of sorts to Bert, the character played by Dick Van Dyke in the original movie. Because of Jack's relationship with Bert he apparently knows everything about Mary Poppins. Miranda has said that part of his role in the film is to inform the other characters about how cool stuff happens when Mary Poppins is around. That could very well be what he's doing here.
This image of Lin-Manuel Miranda is a much better one than we actually got of Emily Blunt last week. While the picture is perfect, it still leaves a great deal up to the imagination.
These pictures have me very excited for Mary Poppins Returns which is a frustrating state to find oneself in, considering the movie is so very far away. We won't get to see the final product until Christmas Day of 2018. What do you think of the first look at Lin-Manuel Miranda in Mary Poppins Returns? Let us know in the comments.