Movie Casting Update: Michael B. Jordan Takes the Crown, Poppy Drayton Is the Next ‘Little Mermaid’
With awards season winding down, production on countless films is ramping up. There’s new roles on the way for Hamilton star Lu-Manuel Miranda, Shannara Chronicles starlet Poppy Drayton, and more!
Michael B. Jordan will be starring in a remake of the Thomas Crown Affair. Although there is no writer or director currently attached, Jordan’s involvement should give the project legs. The talented young actor will play a wealthy businessman who also happens to be a talented thief. [The Wrap]
If you haven’t heard of the new musical Hamilton, then you’re likely in hiding somewhere. The acclaimed show’s creator and star, Lu-Manuel Miranda, is in talks to join Disney’s sequel to Mary Poppins alongside Emily Blunt. Miranda is in negotiations to play Jack, a lamplighter, who sounds very similar to Bert, Dick Van Dyke’s role in the 1964 original. [Variety]
A new adaptation of A Little Mermaid has found its star. Poppy Drayton will play the beautiful sea creature and Loreto Peralta will play an orphan who finds her. This isn’t a Disney film, so it won’t have the musical panache you might have in mind. [The Wrap]