Walt Disney Pictures continues to cast its very unwanted Mary Poppins Returns. Already set to star Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the feature is now looking at adding three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep.
According to Variety, Streep would play Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. That’s very likely a take on the character Topsy Tartlet who, in the P.L. Travers book Mary Poppins Comes Back, marries into the name Topsy Turvey.
Reuniting the director and producing team behind Disney’s hit film musical Into the Woods, Mary Poppins Returns will be directed by Oscar nominee, Emmy and DGA Award winner Rob Marshall and produced by Marshall, Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee John DeLuca and Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Marc Platt. The screenplay will be written by Oscar nominee David Magee based on The Mary Poppins Stories by P.L. Travers, with Oscar nominee and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman composing an all-new score and Shaiman and Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Scott Wittman writing original songs.
Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
Look for Mary Poppins Returns to hit the big screen December 25, 2018. We probably won’t go to see it.