Emily Blunt in talks to star as Mary Poppins in upcoming Disney sequel

By Wade Sheridan  |  Feb. 19, 2016 at 8:57 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Emily Blunt is currently in talks to star as the titular character in Disney's upcoming Mary Poppins sequel.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the still untitled project, announced back in September, would reunite Blunt with director Rob Marshall whom the actress worked with on Disney's last live-action musical, 2014's Into the Woods.

Rather than being a reboot or re-imagining of the original Mary Poppins from 1964 starring Julie Andrews, this new film would act as sequel taking place 20 years later in Depression-era London and taking inspiration from the remaining seven novels in author P.L Travers' Mary Poppins children's book series.

Marshall is also producing with a script by David Magee (Finding Neverland) and a musical score from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray)

Mary Poppins earned over $102 million at the box office and was nominated for 13 Academy Awards at the 1965 Oscars. The film featured a magical nanny who comes to work for a banker's unhappy family in England.

Blunt will next be seen opposite Charlize Theron in The Huntsman: Winter's War hitting theaters Apr. 22.

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