Meryl Streep is in early discussions to be cast in Disney’s Mary Poppins sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In September, Disney announced the sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, which will be set in 1930s London. Early reports suggested that Emily Blunt will play the lead role as Mary Poppins. As reported by THR, Streep is rumored to play Poppins’ cousin Topsy. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is also rumored to act as a lamplighter friend of Poppins.
Blunt and Streep will be working once again with director Rob Marshall, who directed both of them in Disney’s remake of Into the Woods. David Magee is said to be writing the screenplay while Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are composing an original score.
Mary Poppins Returns follows a grown-up Michael Banks, who was a small boy in the original movie, with his own family. Following the struggle of the Depression in London, Banks’ sister Jane reappears as well as Mary Poppins.