Emily Blunt is in talks to play Mary Poppins in Disney's sequel to its 1964 classic.
Rob Marshall is directing the new yet-untitled movie which will be set around 20 years after the tale of the classic 1964 movie 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, published in 1934 is based largely on the first book. 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 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.
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