Why Am I Not Excited About Mary Poppins Returns? – The Issue With Star Casting Part. 2

I have a confession to make. I haven’t seen and have no desire to see Mary Poppins Returns.

Is that bad? Aren’t I meant to be chomping at the bit to see the classic story come to life once again? I’m definitely the prime audience for it, grew up with the OG movie, love musical theatre and am a fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda, but just can’t bring myself to spend the money on it.

I just think I’m going to be really disappointed in it, from watching the trailer Emily Blunt’s over English accent and Miranda’s quite abdominal cockney one (sorry not sorry!) has driven me nuts. I get that Lin is the hottest name around so of course Disney wanted him on board, but I HATE it when films/tv/ overlook the fact that their big star name actually needs to be able to do it.

This follows on from my previous rant about the West End and their issue with star casting. So buckle in I’m going in again…

So I completely understand WHY movie makers, Disney etc etc do cast stars, they need the money, they need the exposure and whatever it takes to make the big bucks. But, in doing this they block undiscovered or struggling talented actors coming to the fray and having their time to shine, or even a pay check.

I know Lin-Manuel Miranda is talented actor, Hamilton, In The Heights all prove that. But, was he really the best part of Jack the lamplighter? Probably not. Why didn’t Disney cast someone who can actually do a cockney accent?!

Greatest showman did the same with Jenny Lind in The Greatest Showman. They cast Rebecca Ferguson (a great actress) but the singing voice is not hers. It’s Loren Allred who doesn’t even get credited in the movie…

Okay her voice is on the soundtrack now forevermore but why didn’t they just employ her to do the whole part? Or get an actor who can do it all? Let’s be honest there’s enough people trying to make it out there!

You may be thinking “Abi, why do you care so much?” and I’ll tell you. In my eyes it’s lazy and brings down the authenticity of the craft. Replacing people, using other people’s voices but not the rest of their talent just seems wrong to me.

You may disagree, you may think I have no idea what I’m talking about but I just want those talented enough and hardworking enough to have their dreams met!

What do you think? Do you agree with me or think I’m way off the mark?

Till Next Time,

Abigail xx

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