This dream cast just keeps getting more magical.
Following her praised collaboration with director Rob Marshall in Disney’s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim‘s Into The Woods, Meryl Streep has signed on to reteam with the musical filmmaker in Disney’s sequel Mary Poppins Returns.
Joining Into The Woods cast mate Emily Blunt (who plays the titular magical nanny) plus Hamilton creator and multi-Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, Streep is reported to be playing the role of Mary’s cousin Topsy (a character that was not in the original 1964 classic).
Here is a synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns:
- Set in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written), the story follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins (Blunt) following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack (Miranda), Mary Poppins helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
The score will be composed by Marc Shaiman (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can) who will co-write songs with Scott Wittman, Shaiman’s longtime collaborator. The screenplay will be written by David Magee (Finding Neverland).
We’ll all have to wait a bit, though. Mary Poppins Returns won’t open until Christmas Day 2018.