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Emily Blunt in talks with Disney to star in new “Mary Poppins” movie

in Disney, Movies

Disney’s original Mary Poppins perfectly encapsulated everything that a classic Disney film should have with memorable songs, great casting, top notch costume and set design, cutting-edge technology blending live-action with animation, and of course hilarious penguins.

With the studio eager to begin work soon on the sequel to the 1964 classic, Variety is reporting that Disney is in talks with Emily Blunt to star in the new project. Rob Marshall is set to direct the film, which will take place around 20 years after the events of the original movie and will use story elements from the book series written by P.L. Travers.

Marshall will produce the film along with John DeLuca and Marc Platt. The three of them previously worked with Blunt on “Into the Woods”. Variety cautions that no deal is imminent just yet because of scheduling issues.

A brief story outline was also provided by Hollywood Reporter:

The story is set in Depression-era London, and revolving around a now-grown Michael Banks, who has children of his own. In tough times, big sister Jane returns and soon after, their beloved Mary Poppins comes back to help.

What do you think of the potential casting of Blunt in the role that Julie Andrews made famous? Would another actress fit the bill better? Sound off in the comments below!

2 Comments

  1. Nat

    I have no problem with the idea of Emily playing Mary Poppins, for example on Broadway, but I think a sequel to such a classic Disney film (Especially so many years after the original) is totally unnecessary. The original story is finished and doesnt need anything adding to it. However, I do prefer the idea of a sequel to a complete remake.

    1. EricJ

      There are three explanations:
      1) They’re still on their post-Cinderella roll, before Jungle Book can shut it down,
      2) They want to cash in on the Broadway musical, but can’t, since unions won’t allow an actual Broadway movie version until the producers are ready to close it,
      and
      3) Once they were on their live-action roll (wonder if the new Alice will shut it down instead?), they dug up those old memos from when Eisner first took over–The idea of doing a New sequel to an Old classic was considered crucial propaganda for our accepting the new management, but back in the 80’s, the only open-ended movies they could think of to sequelize were Fantasia, The Rescuers, and Mary Poppins. We got the first two, but what the proposed Poppins sequel went through (Sarah Brightman as Mary? Michael Jackson as Bert?) would itself make an interesting article, before Little Mermaid came along, and they didn’t have to worry about the New studio being “validated” anymore.

      Someone just hadn’t thrown away a memo, or just wanted to see what it would look like anyway, for the first two reasons.

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