We sooooo called it. Back on September 14th in our piece Who Should Play Mary Poppins in the Reboot? Here are 6 Choices! we declared (as our number one pick) that:
“Emily Blunt has the charm, the charisma, and the right sort of character to bring Mary Poppins to life. She also can sing! Plus she worked with the director Rob Marshall in Into the Woods, so there’s that.”
We make lots of guesses from lottery numbers to where is the queen is in around of 3 Card Monty, but we are rarely right. But in this instance, we totally were and we are so happy that our armchair casting was correct. It was just announced that Emily Blunt will be playing Mary Poppins in Disney’s upcoming Mary Poppins Returns.
Oh, and that’s not it for big casting news for the film slated to be released on December 25, 2018. The one, the only, the crazy talented Lin-Manuel Miranda (of Hamilton fame) will be co-starring with Blunt as a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. He’s currently working with Disney on the score for Moana, so he’s already a resident in the house of the mouse.
The film will be created by the producing team that brought the musical Into the Woods to the big screen and will be directed Rob Marshall (who also directed Into the Woods).
According to Disney: “The story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.”
“I am truly humbled and honored to be asked by Disney to bring P.L. Travers’ further adventures to the screen. The iconic original film means so much to me personally, and I look forward to creating an original movie musical that can bring Mary Poppins, and her message that childlike wonder can be found in even the most challenging of times, to a whole new generation,” says Marshall.
We all need more joy and wonder don’t you think?
Photo credit: Disney, ABC/Jimmy Kimmel, Joan Marcus/HamiltonBroadway