Practically perfect in every way, actress Emily Blunt is in talks with Disney to play Mary Poppins in a sequel to the popular 1964 film, according to multiple Hollywood reports. The classic children's movie—which was a huge success and won five Academy Awards—starred Julie Andrews as the magical Mary Poppins and Dick Van Dyke as Bert, the affable chimney sweep.
The new original musical, featuring a score by the Tony-winning "Hairspray" composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, is set 20 years after the original film in Depression-era London. The story is based on P.L. Travers' novels in the eight-book series, and "revolves around a now-grown Michael Banks, who has children of his own," according to Playbill.com. "In tough times, big sister Jane returns and soon after, their beloved Mary Poppins comes back to help."
The original film had a lifetime domestic gross of $102.2 million at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo. Disney's 2013 "Saving Mr. Banks," about P.L. Travers and starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, grossed $83.3 million at domestic box offices. So, audiences definitely still love the magical nanny as much as ever.
Rumors have swirled since last September that Blunt would play the world's most famous fictional British nanny. Now it seems she's officially working things out to potentially star in the flick, which will be directed by Rob Marshall—who also directed her in Disney's 2014 live-action version of Stephen Sondheim musical "Into the Woods." (Squee! This makes us want to watch "The Devil Wears Prada" to refresh our memories of first falling in love with her British accent.)
Wouldn't it be amazing if her husband, John Krasinski, was cast as Bert? After all, they proved they're a power couple who can collaborate successfully. Just watch their work on the hit show "Lip Sync Battle" for confirmation. You might even say it would be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious for the pair to be cast together. (Yep, we went there.)