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Ben Whishaw in talks for Mary Poppins sequel

Ben Whishaw in Criminal Justice

Story by Jack Foley

BEN Whishaw is in talks to join Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Disney’s sequel Mary Poppins Returns.

If successful, the actor – best known for playing Q in the 007 films starring Daniel Craig – would play the grown-up Michael Banks.

The film – which will see Emily Blunt playing the iconic children’s nanny – will take place in Depression-era London and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks as they are revisited by the enigmatic Poppins following a personal loss.

Rob Marshall is directing from a script by David Magee, who penned the screenplay based on the stories by P.L. Travers. Marc Shaiman composing an all-new score and writing original songs with Emmy nominee and Tony winner Scott Wittman.

Manuel-Miranda is playing a street lamplighter named Jack.

Shooting is due to take place in early 2017 in London with the finished movie set to hit US cinemas on December 25, 2018.

In addition to his involvement with the James Bond franchise, Whishaw has drawn praise for his work starring in the BBC mini-series London Spy and for The Lobster, the acclaimed indie sci-fi romance by Yorgos Lanthimos that starred Colin Farrell. He also appeared in The Danish Girl and voiced the classic British bear in Paddington.

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