Meryl Streep reportedly set to join cast of ‘Mary Poppins’ sequel

in Disney, Movies

Since Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel-Miranda were recently announced as the stars of Disney’s reboot/sequel “Mary Poppins Returns”, we’ve yet to hear any further casting news. Until today, that is, with an exclusive report from Variety that none other than Oscar-winner Meryl Streep is in talks to join the cast.

Streep would play Poppins’ cousin by marriage, Topsy, who didn’t appear in the original 1964 Disney classic but appeared in the original stories. The new adventures of Mary Poppins are based on the stories by P.L. Travers, who wrote seven books based on the popular character.

As Variety points out, Streep would be reuniting with the cast and crew of “Into the Woods” as Blunt, director Rob Marshall and producers Marc Platt and John DeLuca all worked on the film, which earned Streep her 19th Oscar nomination. Streep and Blunt also worked together on “The Devil Wears Prada”.

Blunt will play Mary Poppins, and Miranda will play a new character named Jack, a street lamplighter.

Variety has more on what the plot of the new movie is expected to be:

The story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

The Mary Poppins sequel is expected to arrive in theaters theaters Dec. 25, 2018.

  1. Wendy Hastings

    I will boycott it if she is in it. She is a b***h who publicly badmouthed Walt Disney and called him racist, sexist and a bunch of other things I won’t mention that weren’t true. She is a loud-mouth celebrity who thinks that because she says something is true, that it is just because she is famous. She tries pass off her opinion as fact. I cant believe Disney would let her be in another movie with his name on it after she so distastefully went in public and verbally bashed him just after being cast in a movie produced by the company he founded. She has no class and I will not see it if she is in it as much as I love Mary Poppins. Plus, as far as I am concerned, Julie Andrews is the only one suitable to play the title role. I understand that actors get old, but no one can, in my eyes do the role justice besides Julie Andrews. It’s one thing to cast another actress in that role but to hire someone who has historically publicly bashed the man who founded the company, Meryl Streep should be banned from being in any Disney movies in the future. She passed her opinion off as fact as she couldn’t possibly be wrong and didn’t even check the information before she went public. Of course she doesn’t think her opinion could be wrong but don’t go passing it as facts. Opinions are not facts and she has no business trying to pass them off as that, abusing her celebrity status that way.

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