News of an upcoming Disney movie is creating some serious buzz today, but it’s not a brand-spanking-new story — it’s a sequel that is getting everyone *super* excited. That’s because this isn’t just any sequel. It’s an addition to one of the most beloved children’s stories of all time. Mary Poppins! MARY FLIPPIN’ POPPINS! Starring… Emily Blunt.
The next Mary Poppins will take place 20 years after the original 1964 movie, which was set in 1910s Edwardian London. With the previous story starring the magnificent Julie Andrews and filled with suffragettes and chimney sweeps, a stuffy dad and wondrous kite-flying outings, it makes us practically giddy to imagine what a sequel might have in store for us.
We can tell you (according to Variety, who broke the casting news) that the story will be based somewhat on the Mary Poppins book series by P.L. Travers, and will see an adult Michael Banks (the freckle-cheeked son in the first movie) struggling to raise his own little ones in Depression-era London. Big sis Jane helps out until their beloved Mary Poppins comes to the rescue once again. We can only hope she descends from the sky with her umbrella in a reverse sequence from her exit in the first movie.
So who will be stepping into the ultimate musical nanny’s shoes? The final contract apparently hasn’t been inked yet, but it’s Emily Blunt who’s in talks to take on the iconic magical caregiver role. The soon-to-be-mom-of-two seems like just the right choice to play the loving caregiver of little bright-eyed cuties.
And who might play Dick van Dyke’s character, Bert?
Perhaps Emily’s The Huntsman: The Winter’s War (opening April 22nd) co-star Chris Hemsworth. If he’s busy, maybe little bro Liam could step up to the rooftop.
Better yet? How about Emily’s real-life love, John Krasinski, stepping into the singing chimney sweeper role? Just try to say that wouldn’t be perfect.
*skips around the room singing “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”*
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(h/t Variety; photos via Monica Schipper, Brendan Thorne, Jason Kempkin/Getty; featured photo via Getty)