Hollywood Headlines: Anne Hathaway as Mary Poppins? & The Jungle Book Trailer!

With the news Monday that Disney is developing a new live-action musical film featuring Mary Poppins, people are already starting to wonder who could possibly play the practically perfect nanny.

And, it seems, some are already placing bets on the subject. BoyleSports, an Ireland-based online betting firm, announced Tuesday that Anne Hathaway is the current favorite to pick up Poppins’ bag and umbrella, with 6/4 odds.

Anne as Mary?? Possibly.

Other actresses in “contention,” at least as far as bettors are concerned, are leading ladies with vocal chops like Emily Blunt (5/2), Amy Adams (7/2), Kristen Bell (11/2), and Anna Kendrick (10/1). More actresses who made BoyleSports’ list include Amanda Seyfried (12/1), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (16/1), Lea Michele (33/1), and also Anna Camp (50/1).



Also more news from the magical mouse, Disney released a teaser trailer Tuesday for its live-action version of the 1967 animated classic “The Jungle Book,” and it has the Internet all abuzz.

With Jon Favreau directing, hopes are high for the latest silver screen iteration of a Disney feature, particularly after the commercial success of “Maleficent” and “Cinderella,” both of which used live actors along with a Disney-sized dollop of CGI.

What should have audiences itching to purchase tickets on the April 15, 2016, release date is the stellar voice actors bringing to life many of Rudyard Kipling’s characters: Idris Elba as the nefarious Shere Khan, Bill Murray will reimagine Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Christopher Walken will portray King Louie, and Scarlett Johanson’s velvety voice will mark the first female depiction of the serpent Kaa.

Overall, the teaser promises action and a lot of stunning visuals. While some may be disappointed in a lack of lightheartedness, Favreau assures it’s there.

“The Jungle Book” is the latest in a series of live-action adaptations by Disney, with “Dumbo,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Mulan” also in the works.

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