When it comes to the ever-growing ensemble of the upcoming sequel to Mary Poppins, it’s shaping up to be practically perfect in every way. Variety is reporting that Academy Award winner Colin Firth is joining Mary Poppins Returns.
Firth is set to play William Weatherwall Wilkins, who serves as president of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. The film is set over 20 years after the original Julie Andrews classic, and features Emily Blunt in the iconic role. Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer will portray Michael and Jane Banks respectively, now all grown up. Academy Award winner Meryl Streep is also signed onto the project as Mary’s cousin, and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will play Jack, a street lamplighter. Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) will direct the film.
The addition of Firth to this already-stacked cast is encouraging. Obviously, Firth is one of the most respected actors in the business, continuing to knock it out of the park with every role he’s given. From the period dramas such as The King’s Speech (for which he won his Best Actor Oscar), and to the genre action films like Kingsman: The Secret Service, his versatility knows no bounds.
The story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and 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.
Mary Poppins Returns to theaters on December 25, 2018.