The casting of Mary Poppins Returns, Disney’s sequel to their 1964 classic, continues apace. We already know Emily Blunt will star as the magical nanny, with Lin-Manuel Miranda playing a lamplighter called Jack, but Variety is now reporting that joining them will be none other than Meryl Streep.
Isn’t that just practically perfect in every way? Meryl’s already proved her singing chops with roles in ABBA musical Mamma Mia and 2014’s Into the Woods (though her skills fall deliberately short in upcoming release Florence Foster Jenkins about a terrible opera singer). It’ll also mark the second time she’s worked with Into the Woods director Rob Marshall, and the third she’s shared the screen with Emily Blunt: they acted together in Into the Woods and The Devil Wears Prada.
She’ll play Topsy, who, in the original books by P.L. Travers (played memorably by Emma Thompson in 2013 biopic Saving Mr. Banks) is married to Mary Poppins’ cousin Mr. Turvy, making her, of course, Topsy Turvy.
That’s about as much as the books will tell us about what to expect from her role, however; though the new movie draws inspiration from Travers’ books, it will be its own story entirely. Set in 1930s London, when the books were originally written, and over 20 years since Mary Poppins’ stewardship of the Banks children, it will follow a now-grown Jane and Michael as they once again rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
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