Emily Blunt As Mary Poppins?

It’s a defensible choice: Blunt is pretty, charming, and droll (sorry, Meryl, but Blunt’s the scene-stealer in “The Devil Wears Prada”). I mean, which youngish actress is better casting than Miss Em? But let’s not pretend that she has the pipes of Julie Andrews. Blunt has a passable voice, but she’s hardly in Julie’s league. Julie was singing opera at age 12: ‘I had,’ she writes in her memoir, ‘a four-octave range — dogs would come for miles around.’ Luckily, Blunt won’t be singing opera in the “Mary Poppins” sequel: “Hairspray”‘s Shaiman and Wittman are writing the new tunes.

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