Stanley Tucci is disappointed his sister-in-law Emily Blunt hasn't got him a part in 'Mary Poppins Returns'.

The 56-year-old actor has revealed his favourite Disney film is 'Mary Poppins' and when he discovered his wife Felicity Blunt's young sibling Emily was going to play the titular role he was hoping for a call, especially with his connections to Disney as he voices the grand piano character Maestro Cadenza in the studio's new live-action version of 'Beauty and the Beast'.

Stanley - who starred with Emily and fellow 'Mary Poppins Returns' cast member Meryl Streep in 'The Devil Wears Prada' - told the Metro newspaper: ''I know I can't sing but my sister-in-law Emily's in it, my friend Colin Firth is in it. Meryl is in it. I mean, who do you have to screw to get into Mary Poppins?''

Musical family film 'Mary Poppins Returns' is being directed by Rob Marshall and will serve as a sequel to the 1964 film 'Mary Poppins' which starred Julie Andrews as the magical British nanny and Dick Van Dyke - who is to make a cameo in the new movie - as cockney jack-of-all-trades Bert.

Details of the plot are under wraps at the moment but it is known that Mary will re-visit the Banks family after a family tragedy.

The news that 'Mary Poppins Returns' was in development by Disney broke in 2015 and it was reported that the film would feature a standalone narrative based on the remaining seven books in the series.

The movie will also star Ben Whishaw as a grown-up Michael Banks, Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks, Angela Lansbury as the Balloon Lady and Julie Walters as Ellen.

Shooting on the film started on February 10, at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England.