Mary Poppins 2: Emily Blunt Linked with Title Role

News Simon Brew
9/16/2015 at 7:43AM

Exclusive: Disney apparently has Emily Blunt on its radar for the title role in the next Mary Poppins film...

At the start of the week, news broke that Disney is working on a follow-up to Mary Poppins, digging into the many further Poppins books that author P L Travers wrote around the character. It's also been revealed that Rob Marshall, the director of Into the Woods and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, is going to direct the new film. And speculation began instantly as to who was going to be holding Julie Andrews' umbrella.

Well, we've got at least one name.

Den of Geek (that's us!) has heard from a source involved in the casting process that Emily Blunt is on Disney's radar for the movie, and that she may even be the frontrunner for the role.

To be clear: this is from Disney's side, rather than Blunt's, so she may not have been contracted about taking on Mary Poppins. But she's apparently the candidate to beat if she is interested in the film.

Blunt and Marshall previously worked together on Into the Woods, of course. Might the pair already have had an informal chat about the role? That bit's pure speculation on our part, though.

In addition to having musical experience from Woods, Blunt has recently been in a string of recent strong choices, including fighting alongside Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow, one of the lead roles in next year's The Girl on the Train adaptation, and this weekend's drug trafficking drama from Denis Villeneuve, Sicario.

This follow-up to Mary Poppins is said to be based on the later books in the Travers series, specifically the ones that continue the nanny's adventures into the Great Depression. But beyond the books, it is also an add-on of one of Disney's most beloved films. That 1964 movie introduced Julie Andrews to movie audiences (she was already a Broadway star) in a role so supercalifragilisticexpialidocious that it earned her an Oscar that year. Additionally, it has been a touch stone for children for generations, so it will take a certain amount of magic to even attempt wielding that parasol again.

More news on Mary Poppins 2 as we hear it.