She’s practically practically perfect.
EW has learned that Emily Blunt is in negotiations for the role of magical nanny Mary Poppins in Disney’s forthcoming original musical film starring the beloved character. The casting would re-team Blunt with the film’s director, Rob Marshall, who previously worked with the actress in Disney’s most recent live-action musical: 2014’s Into the Woods.
Set in Depression-era London some 20 years after the events of the classic 1964 screen adaptation Mary Poppins, the sequel will pull its story from the available adventures of Mary Poppins as chronicled by author P.L. Travers’ 1934–88 children’s book series. The cherished ‘64 film starring Julie Andrews cited the first book of Travers’ series, while Disney’s new original project will take a look at Mary’s travels in the remaining seven novels.
The live-action film is being written by David Magee (Finding Neverland), helmed by Marshall, and will feature a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray). Marshall, John DeLuca, and Marc Platt will produce.
As previously reported, the project — first announced by EW in September — is moving ahead at Disney with collaboration from the Travers estate and the support of Poppins co-composer Richard Sherman.