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Emily Blunt to Star in ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel

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Emily Blunt is reportedly in talks to join Disney’s “Mary Poppins” sequel as the film’s title character.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “Edge of Tomorrow” actress will headline the film, which will be set 20 years after the original 1964 film. It will borrow elements from the original book series by P.L. Travers, which ran from 1934 to 1988 with seven volumes.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” director Rob Marshall will helm the project and produce, alongside Marc Platt and John DeLuca. David Magee (“Life of Pi”) wrote the script, while Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray”) are writing original songs for the pic.

THR reports the film takes place in Depression-era London, and follows “now-grown Michael Banks, who has children of his own. In tough times, big sister Jane returns and soon after, their beloved Mary Poppins comes back to help.”

“Mary Poppins 2” hasn’t been given a release date.