Meryl Streep in Talks to Join Emily Blunt in 'Mary Poppins' Sequel. Lin-Manuel Miranda also is set to star
- Meryl Streep is in talks to join Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Disney’s sequel to Mary Poppins, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The move will reteam the Oscar-winning actress with director Rob Marshall, who directed her in Disney’s Into the Woods (2014). Mary Poppins Returns 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 (Blunt) comes back to help. Miranda is playing a lamplighter friend of Poppins who teams up with her to help the family. Streep will play Topsy, Poppins’ cousin. 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. Streep next appears opposite Hugh Grant in Paramount's Florence Foster Jenkins, which is set to open Aug. 12. The actress, wearing a flag dress, was in fine form earlier this week at the Democratic National Convention.