Disney must feel like Emily Blunt is practically perfect in every way because they are in talks with her to play Mary Poppins in a new sequel being developed by director Rob Marshall. In my opinion, Blunt is the perfect choice to play this character, and I'm glad that Disney is looking to get her on board.
She was rumored to be up for the role late last year, and it looks like that rumor has turned out to be true. Disney released Mary Poppins in 1964 with Julie Andrews, and according to THR, this sequel is set to take place 20 years after the events of the first film. The report goes on to say the movie “will also take its cues from the book series that P.L. Travers wrote.” There are seven novels that they can draw material from.
The story is set in Depression-era London and revolving 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.
The new film is being written by David Magee (Finding Neverland, Life of Pi) ,and it will also feature original songs and an all-new score being written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
I grew up on Mary Poppins. It was my mom's favorite movie so I’ve seen it countless times. I love it, and I’m excited for this sequel that Disney is developing with Marshall.
Blunt will next be seen in Universal Pictures’ The Huntsman: The Winter's War, which opens on April 22nd.