Not only is Disney’s “Mary Poppins” getting a sequel, but word has spread that the titular role is going to none other than Emily Blunt.
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.
Blunt has reportedly always been the favorite for the project, as she, Marshall and producers John DeLuca and Marc Platt all worked on “Into the Woods” together. Variety reports that Disney is looking to hurry the film along, and has met with Blunt in the process. However, the casting is not confirmed yet due to scheduling conflicts.
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.
This would not be Blunt’s first turn in a musical, as she played the role of the Baker’s Wife in “Into the Woods.” She was most recently seen in last year’s “Sicario,” which was very well-received by critics. Next she will appear in “The Huntsman Winter’s War” and “The Girl on the Train.” Blunt is also lending her voice to several upcoming animated films, including “Animal Crackers,” “My Little Pony,” and “Gnomeo and Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes.”
The sequel to “Mary Poppins” is currently in pre-production. David Magee (“Life of Pi”) is to write the screenplay for the film.
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