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Variety first reported last month that Meryl Streep is also in talks to come on board.
Blunt stars as the title character with Manuel-Miranda playing a street lamplighter named Jack. The story will take place in Depression-era London and follow a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss.
- Dave McNary
The news that 1964 classic Mary Poppins is getting a sequel hasn’t gone down well with some, but the fact Emily Blunt is taking over the role made famous by Julie Andrews has helped. It also doesn’t hurt that director Rob Marshall is assembling one hell of a cast. The latest addition looks set to […]
- Josh Wilding
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.
IndieWire recently published a pair of lists that singled out 25 working female filmmakers that we deemed “ready” to make a blockbuster. From many readers, we got this response: “But do they even want to?”
It seemed like a strange question: Has anyone ever wondered, much less asked, if male directors were interested in big-budget movies? Nevertheless, we reached out to the filmmakers on our lists, and the response was nearly unanimous: Yes, of course they do.
That said, it wasn’t the first time they’d been asked. And, as it turns out, there are a number of reasons that might make them decide to steer clear.
“That Dream Is Not Gendered”
“Most filmmakers dream of breaking into Hollywood with a short film or indie feature and then getting recruited by the studios to make bigger movies, »
- Kate Erbland
The Mary Poppins sequel Mary Poppins Returns is set to go into production very soon for a release on Christmas Day, 2018 with Emily Blunt in the title role and Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda in a supporting role, but it looks like the two main stars of the original movie may be back too.
Those two stars are the original Mary Poppins herself, Julie Andrews and co-star Dick Van Dyke, who played lovable cockney Bert. The news is being reported by E! Online, and there wasn’t any elaboration as to who they may play, but we’re guessing that their roles may just be cameos.
The film will be set in Depression-era London, where a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, 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, »
- Paul Heath
The duo both starred in the 1964 original, with Andrews portraying Mary Poppins and Van Dyke as her love interest, chimney sweeper Bert. Emily Blunt is set to take on the title role in the new movie, reuniting with her Into the Woods director Rob Marshall, while Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda will portray lamplighter called Jack and Meryl Streep is also on board as Poppins’ cousin Topsy.
In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, 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.
Mary Poppins Returns is set »
- Gary Collinson
It's been over fifty years since Disney's timeless classic Mary Poppins first hit theater screens way back in 1964. But that isn't stopping the studio from creating what could be a very magical sequel all these years later. Though Emily Blunt will take over the iconic role of the magical nanny in Mary Poppins Returns, the original Mary is reportedly returning along with her better half.
Yes, that's right! Apparently Disney is set on reuniting original stars Julie Andrews, who played the title character, and Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert, the always chipper chimney sweep, in this rollicking musical follow-up. Rob Marshall is already set to direct the sequel, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is co-starring in the movie after a powerful and very lucrative turn on Broadway in his award-winning Hamilton stage play.
The upcoming Mary Poppins sequel just got even better. We already know that Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda are set to star in the Rob Marshall-directed musical movie, but now I'm hearing...plans are also underway for Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke to appear in the film. Yup, the original Mary Poppins and Bert! Details about their appearance are unknown. A rep for Andrews says there have been "no discussions" about the Hollywood legends popping up in the film. The original 1964 film won five Oscars, including the best actress in a leading role statuette going to Andrews. Blunt will star as the title character in the new film with the Tony-winning Hamilton impresario »
After months of speculation, Disney confirmed in May that Emily Blunt and Hamilton creator/star Lin Manuel-Miranda have signed on to star in Disney's Mary Poppins Returns. The casting reunited Emily Blunt with her Into the Woods director Rob Marshall, and now it seems that another star from that musical has come aboard for this project. Oscar winner Meryl Streep is in talks to join the cast as Topsy, Mary Poppins' cousin.
Variety reports that Meryl Streep will be singing once again in this movie, much like her role as The Witch in Disney's Into the Woods, which landed the actress her record-breaking 19th Oscar nomination. Topsy is said to be a supporting role, and a character that wasn't featured in the original Mary Poppins movie that debuted in 1964. Topsy does appear in author P.L. Travers' subsequent books.
Jekyll: Chris Evans, also known as Captain America (above), will star in Jekyll, based on the modern-day BBC miniseries adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story. Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry (The Nice Guys) have written the screenplay about a dangerous man with a split personality. Russell Crowe is already set to star as the character in Universal's upcoming The Mummy, due out on June 8, 2017. [Deadline] Mary Poppins Returns: Meryl Streep is in talks to join Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns. The two previously teamed in The Devil Wears Prada and Into the Woods (above). The latter was directed by Rob Marshall, who is also helming the followup to Mary Poppins. If things work out, Streep will portray Topsy, one of Mary's cousins, and...
- Peter Martin
Don that hat and grab your umbrella because Meryl Streep in in talks to join the sequel to Mary Poppins, Variety reports. If Streep should accept, the Oscar winner joins Emily Blunt (who plays the titular Poppins) in Mary Poppins Returns, which would reunite the two and director Rob Marshall from Into the Woods — not to mention The Devil Wears Prada for the acting duo. Set in Depression-era London and concerns Jane and Michael Banks, who are now all grown up and have suffered a personal loss when they get a visit from the titular character. There is no news on who will play either Banks, but Hamilton star Manuel Miranda has been cast as Jack, a streetlamp lighter and friend of Blunt’s Poppins who will assumedly play a pivotal role in helping her coax the family out of sadness. The script is penned by David Magee, who recently adapted Life of Pi, »
- Mike Mazzanti
Disney’s upcoming Mary Poppins sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, is shaping up to be an Into the Woods reunion, as Oscar winner Meryl Streep is in talks to join actress Emily Blunt, producers Marc Platt and John DeLuca, and director Rob Marshall on the film.
Variety first reported the news and claims that Streep will be playing Topsy, a cousin to Blunt’s Poppins who wasn’t in 1964’s Mary Poppins. A version of the character did, however, pop up in 1935’s book Mary Poppins Comes Back, as a maid named Topsy Turvey. Similar to her work in Into the Woods and Mamma Mia, the part will require Streep to do some singing, a talent she has been more than capable of lending in the past.
Hamilton superstar and recent Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda has already signed on to play Jack, a role that will surely jump start his film career »
- Justin Cook
Disney is in the process of making a sequel to Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns, and a few of the film's biggest stars have already been announced. Into the Woods director Rob Marshall will take charge of the new story, which sees Mary Poppins traveling to Depression-era London to help a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, as well as Michael's children, who desperately need her after they suffer a personal tragedy. Between Mary's magical skills and her new friend Jack, the Bankses will once again find happiness in their lives. Sounds pretty great, right? The movie doesn't come out until Dec. 25, 2018, so in the meantime, check out everyone who's been cast so far. »
- Quinn Keaney
Like it or lump it, cinema’s most endearing nanny is set for a return in the latter stages of 2018, and though that release date for Mary Poppins Returns is still a ways away, that hasn’t prevented Disney from scooping up top-tier talent.
Chief among them is Edge of Tomorrow and Sicario actress Emily Blunt, who is on board to headline the long-rumored sequel as the magical caretaker opposite Broadway stalwart Lin-Manuel Miranda. With Rob Marshall already behind the lens, Variety has now reveals that the illustrious Meryl Streep is all but set to reteam with her Into the Woods director pending final negotiations.
In line to play the role of Poppins’ cousin, Topsy, Streep’s character wasn’t actually a part of Disney’s 1964 classic, though did feature fairly prominent throughout P.L. Travers’ novel series. That’s pretty reassuring, too, in the sense that Marshall and Co. are »
- Michael Briers
The story will take place in Depression-era London 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 Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
- Garth Franklin
Meryl Streep is circling a supporting role in the upcoming Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” Variety reports. The three-time Oscar winner is likely to close a deal for the role of Mary Poppins’s cousin Topsy, who was not in the 1964 original film.
If cast in the Disney production, Streep would be reunited with her “Into the Woods” co-star Emily Blunt, director Rob Marshall, and producers John DeLuca and Marc Platt. The 2014 fairy tale story earned Streep her 19th Oscar nomination.
Blunt is set to play the role of Poppins in the film alongside “Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who will play the role of Jack, a street lamplighter who was also not in the original “Mary Poppins.”
Here’s the official synopsis for the film: In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. »
- Graham Winfrey
Variety reports that Academy Award winner Meryl Streep is in negotiations to join Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel-Miranda in Disney's Mary Poppins Returns. The film would reunite Streep with director Rob Marshall and producers Marc Platt and John DeLuca, who previously collaborated Disney's musical adaptation of Into The Woods. Mary Poppins Returns would also be the third film Blunt and Streep starred opposite each other after appearing together in The Devil Wears Prada" and "Into The Woods.
Screenwriter David Magee wrote the screenplay based on the children novels by P.L. Travers. Songwriter Marc Shaiman is composing a brand new material for the film and is also writing the songs with Scott Wittman.
The film and story will take place in a 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. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Meryl Streep is said to be in talks to join the cast of Mary Poppins Returns, the highly anticipated sequel over at Walt Disney Productions. Emily Blunt has already been confirmed to star in the title role of Poppins, a role first made famous by Julie Andrews over 50 years ago.
According to Variety, Streep is looking to play the part of Topsy Turvy (Poppins’ cousin) in the movie, a character that featured in Mary Poppins Comes Back. It looks like Turvy is a cousin by marriage as Poppins has a cousin named Mr. Turvy, who marries Topsy Tartlett, making her, of course, Topsy Turvy.
The trade says that the new film will draw from the seven Mary Poppins novels, »
- Paul Heath
Simon Brew Aug 8, 2016
A quick but important update here. The original Mary Poppins and Bert - Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke - are being lined up to join the cast of Mary Poppins Returns. Neither has yet signed on the dotted line, but E! Online reports that there are now plans to get both involved in the movie. We'll let you know when the news is confirmed.
Here, from the end of July, is the news about Meryl Streep signing up...
From boss to cousin: Meryl Streep may reunite with her Devil Wears Prada co-star Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns. Streep is in talks to join the sequel, Variety reports. She’d play Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy, a character who who wasn’t in the original 1964 film. The new film takes place in Depression-era London, where a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks and Michael’s children are visited by Mary Poppins and her friend Jack (played by Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda). The project would bring Streep back together with Disney Studios, Blunt, and director Rob Marshall — all were part of 2014’s Into the Woods, which earned Streep her 19th (!!) Oscar nomination. It’s worth noting Streep’s had an interesting history with Disney and Mary Poppins. She memorably bashed Walt Disney (the man, not the company) in a speech at the 2014 National Board of Review awards gala. There was a »
- Emily Rome
Believing that it might be worth getting one of those fun Oscar nominations for, Meryl Streep has reportedly entered talks for a role in Disney’s Mary Poppins sequel—which is still called Mary Poppins Returns, even though that’s a little silly. This comes from Variety, which says Streep would be playing Mary Poppins’ cousin Topsy, a character who Julie Andrews’ Poppins never felt the need to mention in the original film even though she’s apparently important enough to be played by Meryl freakin’ Streep. Variety notes that Streep will sing in the film if they reach a deal, and it’ll also reunite her with Into The Woods’ Rob Marshall and Emily Blunt, who are directing and starring in Returns (respectively).
- Sam Barsanti
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