Thursday, February 25, 2016

Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda in talks for Disney's 'Mary Poppins' sequel

As if owning Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar wasn't enough, Disney has found a way to print more money- bring back classic films and put a new spin on it. So far, they've had great success with Cinderella and Maleficent, and they have tons of films coming down the pipeline based off this idea. The Jungle Book hits theaters in just under two months, Pete's Dragon will debut later this year (more on that soon) and Beauty of the Beast will undoubtedly be a smash hit next February. I'm really excited for all of these films, but if I'm being honest, the movie that has piqued my interest the most is the studio's upcoming Mary Poppins sequel. Set in Depression-era London, director Rob Marshall will bring back the beloved character for the continued adventures of the Banks family. Now, a sequel to a decades-old classic is usually a bad idea. But the talent involved in this Poppins follow-up has me so excited, and the news that has slowly trickled out over the last couple of weeks has only raised my interest level.

According to Variety, Emily Blunt is in talks to take on the daunting task of playing Mary Poppins in this upcoming sequel. Blunt worked with Marshall on Into the Woods, and per Variety, has always been the favorite for the role. But the good news doesn't stop there. According to a wide range of sources, Hamilton megastar Lin-Manuel Miranda is also in talks to join the film in the role of Jack, a lamplighter who will parallel Dick van Dyke's Bert. Neither actor has signed on yet, but it seems like things are looking good at this point. If you don't think that this is perfect casting, you're crazy. Blunt is the heir apparent to Julie Andrews for this character, featuring the distinct mix of toughness and charm that you need to pull off this role. And Miranda is the new darling of Broadway, a breakout superstar who will be a major player in the world of musical theatre for a very long time. This is a match made in heaven and I'm so pumped to see this universe come back to life. I've never been a huge fan of the original classic, and yet, this film is just too intriguing to resist. There's no release date, but I expect that we'll be hearing a lot about this one in the coming months.

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