It was only a few years ago that Meryl Streep criticised Walt Disney while honoring Emma Thompson’s portrayal of Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks, calling him a “gender bigot.” In a strange twist, Variety is now reporting that Streep is in final talks to join the upcoming sequel/reboot titled Mary Poppins Returns currently being developed at the Walt Disney Studios.
Should Streep officially seal the deal, it would mark a Devil Wears Prada reunion as Emily Blunt has been cast to play the lead role in the new film. Also of note, director Rob Marshall previously worked with Streep on 2014’s Into the Woods produced by the mouse house (which Blunt also starred in). Hamilton creator Lin Manuel-Miranda is attached to the project as well.
Mary Poppins Returns is currently set for a December 25, 2018 release.