February 19, 2016


Emily Blunt in Talks to Star in Disney's 'Mary Poppins' Sequel

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Back in September we learned that Disney is making a Mary Poppins sequel, this one set in 1930s London, two decades after the original. Now we've got word that Emily Blunt is in negotiations to play Ms. Poppins herself. Fun fact: Julie Andrews was 29 when Poppins saw its 1964 release; Blunt, who would play a 20-years-older version, is 32. Maybe all that magic plays into it.

"The deal is not yet set in stone due to scheduling," Variety reports. "News recently broke that Blunt is expecting her second child, and that may play into her decision."

Blunt's Into the Woods director Rob Marshall is at the helm; his previous films include Chicago and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The script comes from David Magee (Life of Pi, Finding Neverland) and the tunes are being penned by Mac Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Smash). 

Disney is on a remake bender right now, dropping Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and Maleficent in recent years; en route are live-action takes on Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh and The Jungle Book.

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