Not only are Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, and Lin-Manuel Miranda set to star in the film, Colin Firth is reportedly circling the project. The actor is in talks to star as William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, according to Variety. It's a combination of actors that lifts up our hopes for the film, just like a magical umbrella.
"Mary Poppins Returns" will pick up 25 years after its predecessor and bring back the Banks children -- Michael (Ben Wishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer). Although they'll have reached adulthood, they will get a visit from their beloved former nanny. Her cousin, played by Streep, will also appear.
Blunt will take over from Andrews as the magical nanny, so apparently, Mary Poppins doesn't age like we regular human beings do. Never fear, though: Andrews reportedly may still appear in some capacity, along with Dick Van Dyke. We vote for them to team up with "Hamilton" creator Miranda, who will play street lamplighter Jack, for some epic song and dance.
If Firth doesn't sign on, he'll be missing out -- and so will we.
"Marry Poppins Returns" will be directed by Rob Marshall and is slated for release on Dec. 25, 2018.
When Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael (Matthew Garber), the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews). Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny's sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents (David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns). Read More