It had to happen… you can’t have a Mary Poppins Returns in the works and not cast Colin Firth. The man is the perfect addition to an already stellar cast including Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep and Emily Mortimer. But wait, that’s not even the best part…
Firth, who’s already established himself as one of the most talented actors in Hollywood, will play perhaps the most quintessentially English character to ever grace the screen… William Weatherall Wilkins to be precise.
What we do know is Colin Firth‘s character will be the President of a bank, but how he’ll tie in with the story is yet to be revealed. Some rumours claim he’ll have a connection with Fred, the dancing chimney sweeper made famous Dick van Dyke back in 1964. This could potentially mean Firth will play a love interest of Emily Blunt‘s Mary Poppins character.
As of yet, most of the plot for Mary Poppins Returns is under lock and key, probably in a massive vault over at Walt Disney Studios, but it has been previously revealed that the storyline will follow the Banks children, now grown up and facing their own family traumas.
Skyfall and Spectre star Ben Whishaw has signed on to play Michael Banks, originally portrayed by the late Matthew Garber, while Emily Mortimer will play his sister Jane Banks.
Disney have released a brief synopsis explaining how the sequel, which takes place 30 years after the events depicted in the original film, will continue the storyline surrounding the Banks children.
In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, 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. – synopsis by Walt Disney Studios
Mary Poppins Returns is scheduled to fly into cinemas worldwide from Christmas Day 2018.