By Travis Martin
With Emily Blunt already announced in portraying Mary Poppins, Variety reports that another actress is joining the sequel. Meryl Streep has been cast in Disney‘s upcoming “Mary Poppins Returns,“ a sequel to the original film. She will be playing Topsy, a cousin to Mary Poppins who, while featured in the book by P.L. Travers, was not featured in the classic 1964 film.
The sequel will follow Jane and Michael Banks, who are now grown up and living in Depression-era London, as they are visited once again by Poppins after a loss involving them and Michael’s three children. Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda was also previously announced to play a new character named Jack, who is a street lamplighter who helps Poppins with helping the Banks family rediscover happiness.
Writer David Magee based the script on numerous elements from Travers’ 7 Mary Poppins books. Rob Marshall is directing, with new songs composed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. “Mary Poppins Returns” is set to come on December 25, 2018.