With movies getting remade left and right, it should come as no surprise that Mary Poppins is getting a reboot. Rob Marshall, who helmed Into the Woods, Chicago and Nine, is attached to direct but there’s no word yet on casting. Which makes it that much more fun to speculate who will take on the title role.
First off, let’s get this out of the way. Julie Andrews is really the one and only and whoever gets the role will have some huge shoes to fill. But for now, here’s who we think could play the magical nanny, as well as who might be able to take on Dick Van Dyke‘s Bert, Mary’s chimney sweep pal. These actors are “practically perfect in every way.”
The shoo-ins: Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman
Two words: Les Misérables. But aside from the 2012 drama musical, Jackman has proven time and time again that he is a triple threat (quadruple if you count him busting out Wolverine’s claws), while Hathaway is not only pals with Andrews (from their time doing the Princess Diaries movies) but she also did Julie proud during her first SNL hosting gig. It’s like she was tailor-made for the role.
The understudies: Amy Adams and Ewan McGregor
She was absolutely enchanting in Enchanted while he proved he could sing like a teenage heartthrob in Moulin Rouge!
The freshmen: Kristen Stewart and Joe Jonas
The Twilight franchise showed us K-Stew could carry a movie; The Runaways showed us she could carry a tune. Joe’s brother, Nick, might be getting all the buzz right now but if Joe plays his cards right, he might be the Jonas brother in demand.
The invasion: Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Eddie Redmayne
She played a pop star (and did all her own singing) in her breakthrough role in Beyond the Lights and is also part of the Beauty and the Beast ensemble. And, well, Eddie? He can do anything — including sing, which he did so well as Marius in Les Misérables. Bonus? Neither would have to fake their British accents.
The proven: Emily Blunt and Chris Pine
The Into the Woods co-stars have an edge with Marshall directing. Hmm, no auditions necessary and get right to filming? Sounds good to us!
The swoonworthy: Anna Kendrick and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
From lip-sync battles with Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Merchant to sold-out hitRECord show performances, JGL can basically do anything. And we already know Kendrick’s pitch is perfect so there’s really nothing more we can say.
The dream team: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling
Fourth time’s a charm? Their third project, La La Land, is being described as an “old-fashioned musical” so they’ve already got that down. Add to that their killer chemistry and we think we’ve got the winning duo.
The underdogs: Amanda Seyfried and Zachary Levi
They might seem like an odd pair but Seyfried has shown us her singing chops in Les Miz as well as Mamma Mia! And while most of you know him as a bumbling nerd named Chuck, you may have heard his voice in Tangled (as Rapunzel’s charming rogue, Flynn Ryder). Or perhaps you caught his Broadway debut in the original musical, First Date.
The dark horses: Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx
Some might find Holmes’ singing voice (previously heard on Dawson’s Creek and Eli Stone) forgettable, but rumoured boyfriend (and Grammy winner) Foxx could be just the partner to bring out her best warble.