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Emily Blunt in talks for Mary Poppins sequel

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EMILY Blunt is in talks to play Mary Poppins in a Disney sequel to the 1964 classic.

Rob Marshall is directing the as yet-untitled movie which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will be set around 20 years after the events of the original movie.

The story will be set in Depression-era London and will revolve around a now grown-up Michael Banks, who has children of his own, but who has fallen on tough times, prompting both his big sister Jane and their beloved Mary Poppins to return.

The original film was based on PL Travers’ original book, which was published in 1934, and spawned a series lasting until 1988.

The sequel will reportedly draw from the wealth of material in Travers’ additional seven novels and will take the form of a brand-new live-action musical.

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will be composing original songs and an all-new score, while David Magee is penning the screenplay.

According to the report, Blunt’s name surfaced almost immediately as a lead contender for the role when news of the project broke last September. However, given her in-demand status, it’s only now that talks are underway.

Blunt next stars with Chris Hemsworth in The Huntsman: The Winter’s War, which Universal opens on April 22. She most recently won widespread critical acclaim for her role in drugs thriller Sicario.

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