Los Angeles: Actor Colin Firth is being eyed to join the cast of Disney's Mary Poppins Returns.
- Mary Poppins Returns is the sequel to Mary Poppins
- The original film was released in 1964 by Disney
- The film also stars Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer
The British actor is in negotiations to play William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, in the sequel to 1964's Mary Poppins, reported Variety.
In the upcoming movie, Colin will share screen with Emily Blunt and Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda. Emily is on board to play the magical nanny, while Lin-Manuel has been tapped to portray a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack.
Emily Mortimer is set to play the now-grown Jane Banks, who was one of the children Mary Poppins looked after in the original fantasy film.
Meanwhile, the grown-up version of Jane Banks' brother Michael will be played by Ben Whishaw. Additionally, Meryl Streep is cast as Mary's cousin, Topsy.
Rob Marshall will direct Mary Poppins Returns which is scheduled to be released in theatres on December 25, 2018.
Set in Depression-era London, the sequel follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss.
Through her unique magical skills and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
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