Meryl Streep has joined the cast of the Mary Poppins sequel, Mary Poppins Returns.
The actress has been nominated for 3 Primetime Emmy Awards, 19 Academy Awards, and 29 Golden Globe Awards, starring in a variety of feature length films and musicals.
According to Variety, “Streep is said to play the role of Poppins’ cousin, Topsy, a supporting role that wasn’t included in the original film. Streep would also sing for the part, much like she did in Into the Woods.”
Emily Blunt has already been confirmed to play Mary Poppins, with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda set to play a new character of Jack, a street lamplighter.
According to ComicBook.com, the sequel will take place in Depression-era London, following a now-adult Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss.
Rob Marshall, who specialises in film adaptions of Broadway musicals, will direct. The multiple Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe-winning composer Marc Shaiman is writing the score and collaborating with Scott Wittman on new songs for the film.
“I am truly humbled and honored to be asked by Disney to bring PL Travers’ further adventures to the screen. The iconic original film means so much to me personally, and I look forward to creating an original movie musical that can bring Mary Poppins, and her message that childlike wonder can be found in even the most challenging of times, to a whole new generation,” Marshall said in a statement.
Mary Poppins first appeared in 1934, in a book by PL Travers, who wrote seven more stories about her adventures, which were published between 1935 and 1988.