A few days ago the news broke that Disney and the Into the Woods director Rob Marshall were working together on developing a sequel, set twenty years after the events of the 1964 classic, Mary Poppins. The film will follow the Poppins character and her continued adventures with the Banks family in a Depression era London, with a new songwriting duo coming on to craft a new soundtrack and score for the movie as well.
This continues in Disney’s latest trend of revisiting some of their most classic films and stories with new and fresh(?) takes on them, like Maleficent, Cinderella, or even Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. While the formula has worked to varying degrees of critical success so far, the movies have all seemed to do well financially for the studio, and with Jon Favreau’s live-action take on The Jungle Book having the potential to be something really special – it’s easy to see why the studio already has several more similar projects in development.
However, with Mary Poppins, it seems like Disney might have to face some of their biggest hurdles yet. The original movie has become a hallmark of the studio’s long filmography, but not only that, the cast seems almost irreplaceable. With iconic turns from actors like Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews as Poppins herself, and the one-of-a-kind look and feel linked to the film’s era, it seems almost blasphemous to imagine anyone else in those roles.
According to a new report by Den of Geek though, Disney is reportedly eyeing Sicario actress Emily Blunt to play the lead role of Poppins in the sequel, who would be taking over for Andrews over fifty years after the actress’ original performance. While no discussions have reportedly taken place between Blunt and the studio, the report states that she is the frontrunner for the role in the studio’s mind. This should of course be taken with a grain of salt and treated as rumor though, since neither of the mentioned parties have commented on the news yet.
Considering not only Blunt’s current star power right now, but also her work with Rob Marshall on Into the Woods too, it does make sense that the studio might want her for the role though, and she does have a similar look to the Poppins character. There have been rumors of several other actresses being up for the Poppins role over the past few years, but considering how relevant Blunt’s name is in pop culture right now, as well as the recent sequel announcement, it looks like this one might have some legs.
Personally, I couldn’t care less about this sequel honestly. Mary Poppins has always felt like one of those movies that works not only because of how well it was made, but also because of the time period it was made in. I don’t know how well the film’s story or characters will work in today’s market, and the idea of seeing anyone else in those roles just doesn’t really make much sense in my opinion. Blunt’s one of the most talented actresses working today, and has been receiving big Oscar buzz for her performance in this year’s Sicario, but not many actresses could manage to duplicate the kind of charisma and elegance that Andrews brought to that role. Could she be one of them?
The Mary Poppins sequel is currently in the works.
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