British actress Emily Blunt is in talks to portray beloved nanny Mary Poppins in a planned sequel to Julie Andrews’ Disney movie musical. Studio bosses recently announced plans to give the character a revamp in a new film, to be directed by Chicago filmmaker Rob Marshall, with a story set 20 years after Andrews’ classic 1964 musical.
And now, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter the pregnant Sicario actress is the top choice to take on the role, but the deal has yet to be finalised due to scheduling as Blunt is expecting her second child with husband John Krasinski. If she signs on, Blunt will be reunited with her Into The Woods director, Marshall, and producers John DeLuca and Marc Platt.
The new instalment of Mary Poppins will be adapted from author P.L. Travers’ children’s book series, and will feature Mary’s other adventures with the Banks family, who hire her as a nanny, according to Entertainment Weekly. Ironically, Blunt’s The Devil Wears Prada co-star Anne Hathaway was also rumoured to be a top choice for the role, but she shot down the reports and insisted her pal Blunt was the right choice for the part.
Hathaway previously told Entertainment Tonight, “No one’s talked to me about it… I feel like she’s (Blunt) going to get it – she’s British!”
And Julie Andrews has given both Blunt and Hathaway her blessing to tackle Poppins, tell America’s Today show last year, “I’m kind of interested in it. It’s not going to be a recreation of the original… and after 50 years since it was made, it’s about time, I guess. “Anne sings wonderfully and she’s so talented, she can do anything! And Emily, whom I adore, also (sic).”