Well, it may not be the project many had in mind, but multiple sources are reporting this evening that Meryl is attached to star in Rob Marshall's Mary Poppins Returns for Disney. Streep's character would be 'Topsy,' cousin to Poppins, who is to be portrayed by the great Emily Blunt. Obviously Marshall was pleased with the work of both actresses on Into the Woods.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. It's not particularly surprising that Meryl is choosing to re-team with Marshall. We know that he wanted to work with her again, possibley on Follies. The role of Topsy is apparently a supporting one, so I wonder if this is more of a cameo situation. IMDbPro has had it listed as in "pre-production" since February, and a release date has already been slated by Disney as Christmas Day, 2018. Does this mean that filming won't start until 2017? I'm guessing that it may start later this year with be a ton of special effects which require an extended period of time in post.
With what seems to be a fairly minor role that may not take up much time for Meryl, I doubt it will prevent her from possibly participating in a leading role in a film, should one get greenlit. Regarldess, I'm glad we have some info on a new project, albeit another seemingly light, musically-themed film. I'm anxious for some meaty stuff from Meryl agin. All good things to those who wait...right?