Mary Poppins ‘Reboot’: Who Would Be Practically Perfect In Every Way?

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  • AMG
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    Today, it has been rumoured that Disney is working on a reboot of Mary Poppins following the success of the likes of Cinderella and Maleficent.

    The biggest question mark surrounding this is surely who will take on from the iconic Oscar winning performance by Julie Andrews?

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    AMG
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    One name I thought of potentially early on is Emily Blunt. Rob Marshall, rumoured to be directing this project, has worked with her before on the musical Into The Woods.

    She was the best thing for some about that musical, and is likely in the age range Disney may be looking for. She’s a well known and respected actress, who could do some serious box office for the film.

    Plus she can sing. If they are going down the musical route, then that’s a bonus.

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    24Emmy
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    Kristen Bell? — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlTO8ggfes8

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    Jason Travis
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    I am surprised no one has mentioned the obvious answer to this question- Meryl Streep.

    I think Streep not only can embody the soul of Mary Poppins, but the heart. And I think this could FINALLY be one of the first natural performances we will see from her. She won’t be relying on “Wigs and Makeup Tricks” as many like to point out. Streep would also earn her 20th Oscar nomination, and for a film that’s bound to make money. I think Julie Andrews should play the Bird Woman.

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    Mladen Vukcevic
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    Emma Thompson, perhaps? Ever since “Saving Mr Banks”, I was thinking about her as Marry Poppins.

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    Emma Watson or Emmy Rossum would be wonderful. Also if Julie Andrews isn’t the Bird Woman I will be so mad!! Also Dick Van Dyke can replay his role as the old bank teller. Also can we have a black Bert? Chadwick Boseman?

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    Amy Adams.

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    Emma Thompson, perhaps? Ever since “Saving Mr Banks”, I was thinking about her as Marry Poppins.

    It would be probably the most uninspired casting decision, ever. She has played “Nanny McPhee” before, which is basically a Mary Poppins copy-cat.

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    Jason Travis
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    The Official Cast List from Psychic Network Readings:

    MARY POPPINS: Meryl Streep
    BERT: Cate Blanchett
    MR. BANKS: Christoph Waltz
    MRS. BANKS: Jessica Chastain
    MAID ONE: Viola Davis
    MAID TWO: Octavia Spencer
    FIRST NANNY: Kathy Bates
    MICHAEL: Haley Joel Osment (he apparently really wanted the role)
    JANE: Dakota Fanning (she apparently also really wanted it even though she ain’t young anymore)
    BIRD WOMAN: It was Julie Andrews, but Liza Minnelli beat her to the punch. She apprently got the role because, as she put it : “I actually own a lot of damn birds!”

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    Titanium
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    I think almost they’ll go for a recognisable, but not mega star to play Mary.

    My choice would be Joanne Froggatt, she seems to be just one of those people who looks extremely lovely and sweet, just what you need for Mary Poppins. Also she’s a Brit, which I think will probably be one of the casting pre-reqs.

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    I think almost they’ll go for a recognisable, but not mega star to play Mary.

    My choice would be Joanne Froggatt, she seems to be just one of those people who looks extremely lovely and sweet, just what you need for Mary Poppins. Also she’s a Brit, which I think will probably be one of the casting pre-reqs.

    Actually, that would be a wonderful choice!

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    Yeah Amy Adams, Kristen Bell, Emily Blunt were all the first names that pooped in my mind. Thompson would be great but she may be a little too old to play the part. Andrews was in her 20’s when she played Mary. 

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    I am surprised no one has mentioned the obvious answer to this question- Meryl Streep.

    I think Streep not only can embody the soul of Mary Poppins, but the heart. And I think this could FINALLY be one of the first natural performances we will see from her. She won’t be relying on “Wigs and Makeup Tricks” as many like to point out. Streep would also earn her 20th Oscar nomination, and for a film that’s bound to make money. I think Julie Andrews should play the Bird Woman.

    Please god, no.

    Meryl Streep doesn’t need a film like this, she’s had enough. Someone like Emily Blunt, Amy Adams or Joanne Froggatt needs it and would be much better than Meryl in probably another mediocre performance from her.

    Meryl should just go back to doing interesting films like Julie and Julia.

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    Looks like for Streep  !!!

    Sequel Mania Leads to New Mary Poppins


    By  on September 14, 2015

      

    Is nothing in filmdom sacred and exempt from the lure of franchising? Any hit film, whether live action or cartoon, today is sure to spawn a sequel as studios try to milk any moneymaker into a franchise for future money making. But, sequel mania has hit a new low when it leads to developing a follow-up film 50 years after a beloved blockbuster like Mary Poppins. P.L. Travers, who created the character and was long resistant to film adaptations of her books, must be turning in her grave.

    Disney is making a new live-action musical about the further adventures of the cherished magical nanny who changes the lives of the dysfunctional Banks family at number 17 Cherry Tree Lane in London. The good news is that the studio is bringing back director Rob Marshall and producers John DeLuca and Marc Platt. The trio brought Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical, Into the Woods, to the big screen last year. Marshall also directed Chicago.

    The studio is mercifully avoiding a remake of the 1964 classic with the practically perfect Poppins earning an Oscar for Julie Andrews. It mercifully spares audiences from a straight recast and comparison (Carrie Underwood in The Sound of Music is too fresh in everyone’s minds.).

    The film will reportedly explore the nanny’s later adventures with the Banks family and will draw from tales in author P.L. Travers’ 1934-1988 children’s book series, which actually contained eight volumes. New songs are being created by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the team that worked on Hairspray and Smash.

    However, this is also not Star Wars, with a next generation and Mary (i.e. Andrews) reflecting the intervening years in real time. The new Mary Poppins film is reportedly set 20 years later during the Depression.

    That would make Mary Poppins in her 40s, which creates a whole new game of trying to cast the role. That makes her too young for Meryl Streep or Christine Baranski (who else over a certain age winds up in musicals these days). It also makes her older than several other names being tossed around on the Internet since the announcement (Anne Hathaway, Kristen Bell, Anna Kendrick, and Amanda Seyfried). Jane Banks would be in her late 20s, so that might work for some younger stars with perfect pitch, like Ariana Grande and Elizabeth Gillies.

    Of course, this is not the first time the topic of Mary Poppins has been revisited. Disney did makeSaving Mr. Banks about the making of the 1964 masterpiece and Travers’ uneasiness over many aspects of the original film.

    There also was the Broadway/West End stage musical version of Mary Poppins in the 1990sIt had Travers’ permission under the stipulation that no one from the Disney movie could be involved. That musical version avoided direct comparison since the other was never on stage and it used some of the original songs, added onto them, and added several others.

    Travers supposedly would not permit a second film to be made earlier (it would have taken way more than “a spoonful of sugar” to sweeten that deal). However, her estate has reportedly blessed the new project. So the mania to mine old material for a remake or sequel leads to a new Mary Poppins with cast and filming dates yet to be set. Hopefully, it will beSupercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

    Opinion by Dyanne Weiss

    Sources:
    Entertainment Weekly: Exclusive: Disney developing new original musical featuring Mary Poppins; Rob Marshall to direct
    Vanity Fair: Disney Is Making a New Mary Poppins Movie
    Herald Sun: Five stars who should play Mary Poppins in the new Disney film
    The Hollywood Reporter: New ‘Mary Poppins’ Movie in the Works from Disney

     http://guardianlv.com/2015/09/sequel-mania-leads-to-new-mary-poppins/

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    I don’t think it’s going to work. The Mary Poppins story . . . as contained in the eight books, the first four of which were the basis for the original movie musical . . . doesn’t have just a spoonful of sugar coating, it’s got a 10 pound bag of it. It’s not something contemporary audiences will want. That kind of musical died in about 1966, with the death of the MPAA Hays Code censorship that resulted in Valenti creating the tiered rating system used now. Tim Burton was able to change some classics into a darker, gothic toned movies with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Alice in Wonderland because they were amenable to that kind of treatment. Mary Poppins cannot be shifted like that while maintaining some resemblance to the books on which it’s based.

    I don’t see any current replacement capable of a Julie Andrews performance. The only other actress who could have done the original Mary Poppins was Mary Martin (and she had quit doing films in the 1950’s). Likewise, I have no clue who cold pull off Bert like Dick Van Dyke did. Maybe, somwhere on Broadway, there are an actress and actor that can do it, and would be willing to, but I don’t have much hope for it. Filling the shoes of those two would be an enormous career risk as their performances would be mercilessly compared to Andrews and Van Dyke.

    John

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