Anytime someone wants a female actress who can kick ass in their movie, Emily Blunt’s name always seems to end up on the shortlist. Blunt herself is well aware of the typecasting, telling Indiewire in a recent interview:
“We don’t see women in these kind of roles. So I think as soon as you do a role like that, like Charlize [Theron] did or I did, or Rebecca [Ferguson]’s done – there’s like four of us or something. And Jen[nifer] Lawrence.
So I feel like us four, we get talked about – and Angie, Angelina [Jolie Pitt]. So it’s a list of like, four women who are going to be considered for those kind of roles. So I think that’s why the rumors happen, because they’re like, ‘who else? Surely not another girl can wield a gun,’ you know what I mean? ‘A woman doing push-ups? There’s only one who can do that.'”
That leads to today’s rumor which also includes Blunt, albeit in a role you might not expect. Den Of Geek reports that the “Edge of Tomorrow” and “Looper” actress could be the frontrunner for the title role in Disney’s recently announced “Mary Poppins” quasi-sequel.
The linkage is not unexpected. The film is being made by “Into the Woods” film musical director Rob Marshall and that film’s producers. Blunt starred in that film so she already has an inside track of sorts.
Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will create the music for the film which is set two decades after the original.