As per Variety, the Academy Award-winning actress is said to be joining the cast of the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel, which will see Emily Blunt taking on the titular role as the magical nanny.
Streep will reportedly be taking on a supporting role as Topsy, cousin of Poppins, a part that wasn’t included in the original film.
This follow-up to the classic 1964 musical, which earned Julie Andrews a Best Actress Oscar, will tell of a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, who are all visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
Marshall, whose credits also include the Best Picture-winning Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Nine and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, will be directing the musical sequel from a screenplay by David Magee (Finding Neverland, Life of Pi). Those worried about an unnecessary remake need not fret, seeing as the film will be based on the other Mary Poppins stories by author P.L. Travers.
Mary Poppins Returns, set to feature an all-new score composed by Marc Shaiman (South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut) and original songs crafted by Emmy nominee and Tony-winner Scott Wittman, will be hitting U.S. cinemas on December 25, 2018.