According to Variety, Meryl Streep is close to boarding Mary Poppins sequel Mary Poppins Returns. If the deal closes, the Academy Award-winning actress will be in a supporting role as Poppins’ cousin Topsy.
She’ll be joining the already-cast Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins herself, as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda as a street lamplighter named Jack. This will be the third time Streep and Blunt have worked together, after The Devil Wears Prada and 2014’s Into The Woods.
This will also be the second time both Streep and Blunt have worked with director Rob Marshall (Into The Woods, Chicago) and producers Marc Platt and John DeLuca. Much like the Bankses after their kite-flying days, it’s just one big happy family.
The film will probably give Streep another opportunity for an almost obligatory Oscar nod, seeing as Julie Andrews won the Best Actress award in the original film in 1965.
Mary Poppins Returns will be set in Depression-era London and follow now-grown up versions of Jane and Michael Banks, as well as Michael’s three children who are visited by Poppins following a personal loss.
The film will feature a screenplay written by David Magee and original songs by Marc Shaiman and Tony-winner Scott Wittman.
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Mary Poppins Returns hits cinemas on 25 December 2018. Get all the latest fantasy news with every issue of SciFiNow.