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1964’ s Mary Pop­pins may be the gold stan­dard when it comes to Box­ing Day com­fort view­ing – prac­ti­cally per­fect in ev­ery way, you might say – but that hasn’t stopped Hol­ly­wood from pulling a des­per­ately be­lated se­quel out of its chim chim cher- ee. Yes, Dis­ney has just hired the team be­hind fairy­tale- mashing mu­si­cal Into The Woods – in­clud­ing di­rec­tor Rob Mar­shall – to cre­ate a new ad­ven­ture for the oth­er­worldly English nanny, played by Julie An­drews back in ’ 64, of course. Ru­moured to be set in the 1930s, some 20 years af­ter the orig­i­nal, the se­quel will draw in­spi­ra­tion from other books by Pop­pins’ cre­ator PL Travers ( pre­pare for some po­ten­tial grave- spin­ning, given her opin­ion of the first film). So who will hold the fly­ing brolly this time around? Edge Of

To­mor­row’s Emily Blunt is said to be in with a shout – and let’s face it, she’d be su­per­cal­ifrag­ilis­tic­ex­pi­al­ado­cious.

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