Meryl Streep is heading to another musical. The acclaimed actress is in talks to join the “Mary Poppins” sequel, which is starring previously announced stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Rob Marshall (“Chicago,” “Into the Woods”) is set to direct the sequel, which will reportedly take place in London during the Depression era, 20 years after the original film. The story will be based off of P.L. Travers’ books that feature Poppins’ later adventures with the Banks family. Marshall previously directed both Blunt and Streep in “Into the Woods.”
Streep’s role would be that of Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. Blunt will play the titular role of Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack.
The sequel has big shoes to fill. The original 1964 film starred the beloved Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, and was a huge hit. The film grossed $100 million at the box office and went on to win five Oscars. It was an instant classic.
2013’s “Saving Mr. Banks” reignited interest in the story of Mary Poppins. That film told the behind-the-scenes story of P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) and Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) turning her books into the movie. In flashbacks Travers’ family history is also revealed, and along with it the inspiration for her books.
The sequel is currently in pre-production. David Magee (“Life of Pi”) is to write the screenplay for the film. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are collaborating on an original score and songs for the project.
Variety was the first to report the news on Streep.