"Bridget Jones Baby" New York PremiereThe original "Mary Poppins" is a classic, so it's understandable if you're skeptical about its sequel -- particularly since Julie Andrews isn't reprising her role as the titular character. However, Disney is doing a good job of quashing those doubts.

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.

[via: Variety]
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