You may have already heard, but Disney is making a sequel to the childhood classis Mary Poppins. English actress Emily Blunt has been confirmed to step into Julie Andrews' shoes as the all-singing, dancing, magical nanny in Mary Poppins Returns, and this morning, Variety reports that Blunt's The Devil Wears Prada co-star Meryl Streep is being seriously courted for a role in the sequel.
Mary Poppins Returns will be set in Depression-era London and focuses the lives and family of now grown-up Jane and Michael Banks. Streep is being tipped to inhabit a new character: Mary Poppins' cousin Topsy. The film will be directed by Rob Marshall, who directed both Streep and Blunt in the musical Into the Woods; with the same producers from the 2014 flick also on board. Marshall is well versed with big-budget musicals - he previously helmed the star-studded film versions of Nine and Chicago, which went on to win six Oscars.
The screenplay is based on the Mary Poppins books, famously written by Australian-born author P.L. Travers and the movie is scheduled to hit American cinemas on December 25, 2018. No word yet on an Australian release date, but keep your fingers crossed for Meryl to ink the deal.