Meryl Streep set to join Emily Blunt in long-awaited Mary Poppins sequel
Meryl Streep looks set to join Emily Blunt in Disney's long-awaited sequel to Mary Poppins.
According to Variety, the actress is in talks to take the role of Poppins’ cousin, Topsy, a supporting role that wasn’t in the 1964 original movie. It would also feature Streep singing, as she did in Into The Woods and Mamma Mia.
Blunt, who will next be seen in the big screen adaptation of bestselling novel The Girl On The Train, will lead the movie, which is to be titled Mary Poppins Returns.
Starring alongside Blunt will be musical theatre star Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and creator of the Broadway hit musical Hamilton. The movie has a release date of December 25th in 2018.
Rob Marshall, who has directed both Chicago and Into The Woods, has been tasked with directing the movie, which is not technically a reboot, seeing as it takes place 20 years after the original movie.
Speaking about the movie, Marshall said: “I am truly humbled and honored to be asked by Disney to bring P.L. Travers’ further adventures to the screen. The iconic original film means so much to me personally, and I look forward to creating an original movie musical that can bring Mary Poppins, and her message that childlike wonder can be found in even the most challenging of times, to a whole new generation."
Marc Shaiman, who has scored and written songs for the soundtracks for the likes of Hairspray and Sister Act, will pen the score, working with Scott Wittman to write a series of original songs.
The original movie starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in the story of a nanny who comes to work for a banker’s unhappy family in pre-World War I England and succeeds in bringing them back together with her own unique style of nannying.
The new film will be set in Depression-era London and will follow where a now grown-up Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael's three children, are visited by their former nanny following a tragedy in the family that leaves them numb and joyless. Miranda will play the role of Jack the lamplighter, a character newly created for the sequel.
The movie was a massive success grossing $100 million at the box office and earning five Oscars, including one for Andrews as best actress.