Disney is looking to deliver a sequel to one of their classic films and is reportedly about to add another actor to the cast.
Actor Ben Whishaw is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Rob Marshall's Mary Poppins sequel as an older Michael Banks (via THR). Banks is the son of George Banks and the brother of Jane Banks, who will also be in the film. The new story revolves around Michael, as a personal tragedy is what brings Jane back into the fold.
That is also what ultimately brings back Mary Poppins, played by Emily Blunt, and her friend Jack, played by Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film will be set 25 years after the original film, which released in 1964.
Whishaw is just coming off of his Tom Tykwer Directed film A Hologram For The King, which he starred in alongside Tom Hanks. He also received praise for his London Spy TV series, but most audiences will know him as James Bond's gadget maker Q from the recent Daniel Craig films as well as the voice of Paddington Bear in the latest feature film.
In addition to Whishaw, actress Meryl Streep is also reportedly in talks to join the cast, but nothing official has been announced. Alongside Marshall, John DeLuca and Marc Platt will be producing the sequel, which is on track to start shooting in early 2017. Mary Poppins is slated to hit theatres on December 25th, 2018.