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Disney Is In Negotiations To Slate Emily Blunt As Mary Poppins In Upcoming Sequel

Disney Is In Negotiations To Slate Emily Blunt As Mary Poppins In Upcoming Sequel

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

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