Saturday, 27 August 2016

Meryl Streep set to join Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns

Busy making preparations for Mary Poppins sequel Mary Poppins Returns, director Rob Marshall is looking to wrangle a reunion for two of his Into The Woods (2014) stars. He already has Emily Blunt as Mary, but now news arrives via Variety that Meryl Streep is now in talks to be her cousin.

David Magee (Finding Neverland) has written the script, which draws on material from author P.L. Travers' other Poppins novels that followed the original. The story this time finds the magical nanny returning to the Banks family in Depression-era London to find that her charges Jane and Michael Banks have now grown up. Michael has three children of his own, and they all need a little help re-discovering the joy in life.

Poppins will need the help of street lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) and cousin Topsy, which will allow Streep to once again show off both her award winning acting ranging and her proven vocal talent.

There are further Into The Woods connections with Marc Platt producing, and Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman once again handling the music chores. The movie should be arriving just in time for Christmas 2018.

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