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Emily Blunt is in talks to play Mary Poppins in Disney’s sequel to its 1964 classic.
Rob Marshall is directing the new untitled movie, which will be set some 20 years after the tale in the first film that starred Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke. It will also take its cues from the book series that P.L. Travers wrote. (The original Mary Poppins pic was based largely on the first book, published in 1934; the last book in the series was released in 1988.)
Blunt’s name surfaced almost immediately as a top contender for the role when news of the project broke last September, but it’s only now that talks are underway in earnest.
Marshall is producing with Marc Platt and John DeLuca. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will be composing original songs and an all-new score. David Magee is attached to write the screenplay.
Drawing from the wealth of material in Travers’ additional seven novels, Disney and Marshall are developing a brand-new live-action musical.
The story is set in Depression-era London and revolves around a now-grown Michael Banks, who has children of his own. In tough times, big sister Jane returns and soon after, their beloved Mary Poppins comes back to help.
Blunt next stars with Chris Hemsworth in Universal’s The Huntsman: The Winter’s War, which is set to open April 22.
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