Five Actresses Who Could Play Mary Poppins in the Upcoming Remake

15 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Mary Poppins’ to take flight once more.

All good Disney properties must eventually be remade, it seems, and on Monday news broke that Mary Poppins, the 1964 musical about the world’s most magical nanny, would be returning to the big screen. Into the Woods and Chicago director Rob Marshall will direct the live-action revisit of the beloved Disney 1964 film, which starred Julie Andrews because the flying, magical nanny.But with the announcement that beloved nanny Mary Poppins will once again take flight thanks to a new Disney film, one lucky leading lady will get to stand under her umbrella. Entertainment Weekly reports the new original live-action musical will not be a remake or reboot of the 1964 classic but will instead explore stories from author P.L Travers’ 1934-1988 children’s book series. It’s a tougher gig than you might expect: Mary Poppins is composed, prim, firm in the way she enforces her authority yet always lovable and occasionally whimsical.

The fact that Marshall is helming this project makes us think it will likely be a musical, so the new Poppins has to have a decent set of pipes as well. Taking charge of the film’s score will be Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who have previously worked on hit musicals including Sixties-themed Hairspray, and the NBC drama series Smash, which explores Broadway musical theatre.

If casting were based solely on the ability to emulate Julie Andrews, Hathaway would be a shoe-in: She showed off her well-honed imitation of Andrews during her first Saturday Night Live hosting gig in 2008. A huge hit with both audiences and critics, the original film grossed $100million and won five Oscars, including Andrews’, thanks to its ground-breaking use of live action and animation, and infectious score. The EW report states that Disney and Marshall are collaborating with the Travers property and have already gained help from Poppins co-composer Richard Sherman who wrote basic songs from the unique together with his late brother Robert. After her spectacular turn as Anna in the animated smash that was Frozen, it’s time Bell stepped back in front of the camera and wowed us once again.

By the time this movie goes into production, Blunt may want a break from the action films that are making up an increasingly large part of her filmography. Were she cast as Mary, it would mean her second role in a Disney remake: She’s already playing a talking feather duster in the live action Beauty and the Beast.

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