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Mary Poppins Returns: Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke to join Emily Blunt for sequel?

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In 1964, Mary Poppins grabbed hold of her magical umbrella and sailed gracefully onto the silver screen.

And now, over 50 years later, the practically perfect nanny is set to return, thanks to Disney’s upcoming sequel, aptly titled Mary Poppins Returns.

As we already know, Emily Blunt will be taking over the iconic titular role. The Devil Wears Prada actress will be joined by Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is set to play Jack, a lamplighter.

Emily Blunt will star as Mary Poppins in the reboot

Emily Blunt will star as Mary Poppins in the reboot

But there’s a spoonful of sugar to add to this exciting reboot news in the form of Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke themselves. 

That’s right; according to a report in E!, the original wonder-nanny and her chimney-sweep pal, Bert, are in talks to appear in the film, half a century after they first played the leading roles in Mary Poppins.

There are no details about what roles they would play. 

As if that weren’t supercalifragilisticexpialidocious enough, it was recently reported that Meryl Streep is also being lined up for a role in the star-studded sequel.

According to Variety, the award-winning actress is set to play Topsy Turvy, better known to fans of P. L. Travers' books as Mary Poppins’ cousin.

The character did not feature in the 1964 film, which Travers famously hated – but, with a name like that, we're very glad she will be appearing on the silver screen for Mary's second outing.

It has been reported that the role will require Streep to sing. Thank goodness, then, that she will be directed by her Into The Woods collaborator, Rob Marshall – and will have songs penned for her by Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award winning composer Marc Shaiman.

Set 20 years after the events of the first film, Mary Poppins Returns will be set in Depression-era London. The story will follow that of an adult Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, as they struggle to come to terms with a recent tragedy (which will reportedly revolve around a death in the family).

Thankfully for them, however, their seemingly ageless nanny, Mary Poppins, is on standby to float gently into town and help them to overcome their grief, presumably through the art of singing catchy songs, making eccentric friends, and embarking on a magical (and animated) jolly holiday.

Mary Poppins Returns will hit cinemas on December 25 2018 in the US, with a UK release date yet to be confirmed.

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