Disney has made a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious casting announcement in regards to their highly anticipated sequel MARY POPPINS RETURNS. Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep is currently in talks to join Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel-Miranda for the follow-up to the 1964 classic starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.
Once officially signed on, Streep would step into the role of Poppins’ cousin, Topsy, a role that did not appear in the original. The movie will reunite Streep with director Rob Marshall, who she worked with on Into the Woods, as well as Blunt who she co-starred with in the comedy The Devil Wears Prada.
The screenplay was written by David Magee, which will be based on the stories by P.L. Travers. Marc Shaiman is set to compose an new score which will include originals songs written Emmy nominee and Tony-winner Scott Wittman. John DeLuca and Marc Platt will serve as producers.
The sequel will reportedly take place in Depression-era London and continue the adventures of the characters based on Travers’s books. Blunt will play the titular Poppins while Manuel-Miranda will play a street lamplighter named Jack.
Streep can be seen next in Florence Foster Jenkins opposite Hugh Grant. Her most recent film credits include Suffragette and Ricki and the Flash.
She is repped by CAA.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer
This news was first reported by Variety.