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Budding British national treasure Ben Whishaw may be joining the already star-studded cast of Mary Poppins Returns, The Hollywood Reporter says. The London Spy lead is reportedly in talks for the Disney sequel set 25 years after the original 1964 film.

Mary Poppins Returns already has Emily Blunt (in the title role) and Hamilton visionary Lin-Manuel Miranda attached, with Meryl Streep also said to be in talks. Whishaw would play an all-grown-up Michael Banks, who had been in Poppins’ care as a child. As Michael recovers from a traumatic loss and reunites with big sis Jane, Mary Poppins, alongside her lamplighter assistant Jack (Miranda), returns to help the family once again.

For an “awww,” here are Michael and Jane from the original film:

With Rob Marshall on board as director, Mary Poppins Returns will start shooting early next year, aiming for a Christmas 2018 release.

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.