According to Variety, Emily Blunt is in talks to star as the title role in Disney's new live-action musical sequel of Mary Poppins.
If Blunt takes on the project, she would be reunited with Rob Marshall who previously directed her as the Baker's Wife in Disney's film adaptation of Into The Woods. It is reported that the film will be set in London around twenty years after the original story.
Blunt made her professional debut on stage opposite Judi Dench in The Royal Family. Her extensive screen credits include Boudica, My Summer of Love, Gideon's Daughter, The Devil Wears Prada, The Young Victoria, The Adjustment Bureau, Edge of Tomorrow, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Gulliver's Travels, Gnomeo & Juliet, The Five-Year Engagement, Sicario and The Huntsman: Winter's War.
Screenwriter David Magee (Finding Neverland) is penning the film whilst Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Smash/Hairspray) are composing a new score featuring original songs. Produced by John DeLuca and Marc Platt, the new movie will focus on the other tales in author P.L. Travers’ 1934-1988 children’s book series (the 1964 Julie Andrews movie was mostly based on the first).