It doesn’t take a spoonful of sugar to make this news go down: Emily Blunt is in talks to star in a “Mary Poppins” sequel.
The British-born actress — who proved her pipes in the movie musical “Into the Woods” — would play the flying nanny set 20 years after the original 1964 film, Variety first reported.
Blunt would have tough Victorian-era booties to fill taking over the part made famous by Julie Andrews.
Disney’s original “Mary Poppins” broke the $100 million mark at the box office and notched five Academy Awards, including a best actress win for Andrews.
The project would reunite Blunt with her “Into the Woods” director Robert Marshall and producers John DeLuca and Marc Platt. But it’s not a given since the 33-year-old actress is pregnant with her second child. After having wrapped “The Girl on the Train,” her current projects are voice roles in animated movies like “My Little Pony: The Movie.”
Sources told the trade publication that the sequel would be set in Depression-era London and draw from another of P.L. Travers’s six children’s books about Mary Poppins’s continuing adventures.
“There is all this new material — it was the Harry Potter of its time — and they were never turned into anything further than that adventure,” Marshall told Vulture in October.
By Ethan Sacks