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Meryl Streep set for Mary Poppins sequel

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Story by Jack Foley

MERYL Streep is set to play a supporting role in Disney’s forthcoming Mary Poppins sequel.

According to Variety, the actress will join the cast as Poppins’s cousin by marriage, Topsy Tartlet.

The character is a maid who marries a man named Arthur Turvy in PL Travers’s Mary Poppins Comes Back – thereby changing her name to Topsy Turvy.

However, the character did not feature in the 1964 film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, which Travers famously hated.

If the casting is confirmed, Streep would line up alongside Emily Blunt, who takes on the iconic role of Poppins. It would mark the pair’s third outing together, following successful ventures in The Devil Wears Prada and musical Into The Woods.

The director of that latter film, Rob Marshall, is helming the new Poppins, which will also feature a soundtrack featuring original songs.

Mary Poppins Returns will be set in 1930s London and will follow Poppins as she helps the now grown-up Banks children to cope with a bereavement.

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