Emily Blunt to headline Disney’s Mary Poppins reboot

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  • Updated: Feb 19, 2016 13:22 IST
Emily Blunt will play Mary Poppins in a reboot.

Actor Emily Blunt is in talks to take on Julie Andrews’ iconic role as Mary Poppins in a reboot directed by Rob Marshall.

According to sources, Blunt has always been the favourite for the role since she starred in Marshall’s 2014 film Into the Woods, reports variety.com.

With Disney Pictures looking to get the film into production soon, the studio met with the actress sometime back to discuss the idea of playing the magical nanny.

Read: Mary Poppins to get a ‘supercalifragilis ticexpialidocious’ remake

The deal is not yet set in stone due to scheduling as Blunt is reportedly expecting her second child, and that may play into her decision.

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Insiders confirm the new film will take place in Depression-era London 20 years after the first film and will take story lines from PL Travers’s children books focusing on Poppins’s continued adventures with the Banks family.

The original 1964 film starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in the story of a nanny who came to work for a banker’s unhappy family in pre-World War I England.

Read: Movie review: watch Saving Mr Banks for Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson

The film was a huge hit, grossing $100 million at the box office, and earned five Oscars, including one for Andrews as best actress.

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