Hollywood history is filled with legendary duos. Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Abbott and Costello, the Cohen Brothers, the list goes on and on. And today you can add a new pairing to that long legacy: B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman.
Because this duo truly is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
And we don't use that word lightly; after all, you know how hard it is to type that out? But there's no other way to describe The Hollywood Reporter's news that Novak, best known for his work on "The Office" and in "Inglorious Basterds," has signed on to play iconic Disney songwriter Robert Sherman in the upcoming film "Saving Mr. Banks."
Sherman, of course, was one half of the Oscar-winning musical team The Sherman Brothers; along with sibling Richard Sherman, the pair wrote songs for many of Disney's biggest hits, including "The Jungle Book" and, most famously, "Mary Poppins."
Which is where Novak and Schwartzman come in, as "Saving Mr. Banks" tells the story of Walt Disney's 14-year struggle to secure the film rights to "Mary Poppins" from author P.L. Travers. Tom Hanks is set to play Disney, with Novak and Schwartzman playing Robert and Richard Sherman, who composed classic tunes such as "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and Walt's personal favorite, "Feed the Birds," for the 1964 film.
Now that's some casting news to sing about.