Nanny McPhee: According to Variety, Angela Lansbury is in negotiations to star opposite Emma Thompson and Colin Firth in Working Title's Nanny McPhee for Universal Pictures, an adaptation of the "Nurse Matilda" books by Christianna Brand, was adapted by Thompson and is being helmed by Kirk Jones ("Waking Ned Devine").

Shooting is scheduled to start in April.

The film is the story of a magical nanny (Thompson) who uses her powers to tame the seven Brown children after their father (Firth) is widowed.

Lansbury will play the children's aristocratic great aunt who threatens to do the worst thing imaginable -- take one of the children away to live with her.

Brian B.