Will Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke Join Mary Poppins Returns?

News   Will Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke Join Mary Poppins Returns?
They would join a cast that already includes Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Dick van Dyke and Julie Andrews
Dick van Dyke and Julie Andrews Walt Disney Productions

Plans are underway to feature original Mary Poppins film stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in the upcoming sequel Mary Poppins Returns, according to an unsourced report in E!

Though the article quotes an Andrews spokesperson saying there have been “no discussions” about the appearance, the story speculates that the pair is being sought to appear in the film. There are no details about what roles they would play. Andrews won the Oscar as Best Actress for her performance in the 1964 Disney classic.

Variety recently reported that Academy Award winner Meryl Streep is in final talks to join Disney’s film sequel. Streep, who starred as The Witch in Disney’s film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical Into the Woods, would reunite with director Rob Marshall and co-star Emily Blunt on the project.

Streep would play Topsy, Mary Poppins’ cousin, who was not seen in the original 1964 film. It is also reported that her part would be a singing role.

Blunt, who played the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods and co-starred with Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, will play Mary Poppins, alongside Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who will play Jack, a lamplighter. The film is based on other books in P.L. Travers’ series of books on the adventures of the magical nanny.

Hairspray Tony winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will compose the film's original score.

Mary Poppins Returns is set to premiere December 25, 2018. Filming will begin later this year in London.

Read more about the film here.

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