Emily Blunt has proven that she can carry a tune if her singing voice in the musical, if her role in “Into the Woods” is anything to go by. And now, it seems that she may be up for a new singing adventure in the “Mary Poppins” sequel.
Blunt is in talks to play the singing nanny in a musical sequel of the 1964 hit, which will be set 20 years after the original film. The new film will use a new story from the original books by author P.L. Travers. If negotiations go through, Blunt will be rejoining director Rob Marshall, with whom she worked with on “Into the Woods.” Marshall is also no stranger to musicals, having directed “Chicago” and “Nine” as well. This will be his fourth film in this genre.
This casting news is actually pretty good. Blunt not only looks the part and has a good singing voice, it seems like a natural fit as well. It also helps that the film isn’t a remake of the original, but a sequel set later on. Blunt was last seen in Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario.”
The “Mary Poppins” sequel is yet to be officially titled, but will be written by David Magee (“Finding Neverland”), while the music will be composed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray”).