And yet, when word hit that she was poised to front a Mary Poppins sequel, none of us Overlords could muster enough enthusiasm to write it up. But now. NOW this unnecessary follow-up to a problematic 1964 Disney classic has got our attention thanks to a Broadway marvel who werks date and night, on Twitter, on stage, on music for Disney animated movies, like he’s running out of time.
Hamilfans, Lin-Manuel Miranda is in talks to co-star with Blunt. Variety reports he’ll be the Bert to Mary, or more specifically, “Miranda is in talks to play Jack, a lamplighter resembling the character of Bert, who was famously played by Dick Van Dyke in the 1964 classic.”
A week ago, I imagined this movie and how it would try to recapture the magic of the movie that made a teeny me fall hard for Van Dyke with his ludicrous accent, charming grin and rousing dance moves. And I couldn’t conceive of an actor I’d want to step into this living legend’s soot-stained overalls. But thankfully the film’s producers have shown more imagination in casting than I, singling out the man who is inspiring a fervent fandom and nerd girl crushes across the nation. And the news just gets better. The sequel, which will follow Poppins in her continued adventures with the Banks family, will not only co-star Miranda—should he sign on—but will also boast new songs created by this Emmy-winning, Grammy-winning, Tony-winning Hamilton writer.
EGOT here he comes!
H/T The Film Stage
Kristy Puchko has officially added L-MM to her Pajiba 10 ballot.