Disney has confirmed that Emily Blunt will play Mary Poppins in an upcoming remake of the much-loved film. The studio has also announced plans for nine new live-action movies inspired by previous hits, including a 101 Dalmations spin-off Cruella, starring actress Emma Stone in the leading role.
Emily has long been rumoured to play the title role in the Mary Poppins reboot since it was announced in September. However the actress, who is pregnant with her second child, previously played down reports that she had already been offered the role, telling Digital Spy: “No, I’ve heard rumours of this and people have spoken to me about it today and there’s not been anything official. I mean, she’s an icon.”
The new film will be set 20 years after Disney’s original Mary Poppins, and will draw inspiration from all of P.L Travers eight book series, with Into the Woods director Rob Marshall already on board.