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The ink may not be quite dry yet, but the thought of Colin Firth stepping into the much-anticipated Mary Poppins sequel is too exciting to keep to ourselves.

Variety is reporting that Firth is in negotiations to join Emily Blunt, who is set to star as the magical nanny, in the 2018 Disney film. If he is to take on the role, Firth would portray William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank.

We can definitely picture him running an old timey bank in the 1930s.

As you know from earlier Anglo posts, the sequel picks up approximately 25 years after the original story by P.L. Travers. The film adaptation was set in 1910, with the forthcoming film taking place in the 1930s, during the Great Depression.

Mary Poppins will be reuniting with her former charges, Jane and Michael Banks, played by Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw. The Banks children are now grown up and Michael has three little ones of his own.

But it appears they may need a little help remembering what it’s like to have magic in their life. That’s where Mary Poppins steps in, with the help of her friend Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda).

And, finally, one more casting update: Meryl Streep is confirmed to take on the role of Topsy, Mary Poppins’ cousin. Ooh, do you think magic runs in the family?

Are you looking forward to more Mary Poppins? 

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By Brigid Brown