Ben Whishaw Joins Mary Poppins Returns

More casting for Disney’s sequel to their 1964 classic Mary Poppins.  Joining a cast that already includes Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow, Into the Woods) in the title role, Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) as lamplighter named Jack, and Meryl Streep (Into the Woods, Oscar nomination list every year) as Poppins’ cousin Topsy, is Ben Whishaw (Spectre) as the grown-up Michael Banks.  Continue reading below for more details on the film and his casting.Here’s the official report from The Hollywood Reporter:

“Whishaw will play the character of a grown-up Michael Banks, who is a key figure in the new story. Banks experiences a personal loss and sees the return of his big sister Jane. That results in the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins (Blunt), who teams up with her lamplighter friend Jack (Miranda) to help the family.”

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This falls in line with what is known so far about the movie, Mary Poppins Returns.  The movie will take place 25 years after the events of the first film during Depression era London.  The film is still expected to draw heavily from the books from P L Travers, particularly Mary Poppins Comes Back.  Mary Poppins Returns will be directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay by David Magee with Marc Shaiman composing an all-new score and Shaiman and Scott Wittman writing original songs.

What are your thoughts on how this sequel is shaping up, particularly with the casting thus far?  Are you getting excited to see more adventures on Mary Poppins with the Banks family?  Mary Poppins Returns has a release date set for December 25, 2018.  I will keep you updated on any new information I hear about this project.

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