Ben Whishaw cast as Michael Banks in Mary Poppins reboot
London Spy star Ben Whishaw is set to build upon his already prestigious filmography by joining Emily Blunt in Disney’s Mary Poppins reboot. Currently in talks to play a grown-up version of Michael Banks in the new film, Whishaw will play a key figure in the new story, which is said to pick up 20 years after the events of the 1964 original film.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, when Banks experiences a personal loss and sees the return of his big sister Jane, it heralds the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins (Blunt), who teams up with her lamplighter friend Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) to help the family.
The new movie, titled Mary Poppins Returns, is under the direction of five-time Tony Award nominee Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods), and will inevitably feature much singing and dancing. While we haven’t seen that side to Whishaw in his best known roles in Paddington, The Lobster, or the James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, he has previously flaunted his singing chops as Ariel in The Tempest (2010).
Rumour also has it that Meryl Streep, who has previously worked with Whishaw in Suffragette, and with Marshall and Blunt in Into the Woods, is in talks to join the talented cast.
Mary Poppins Returns will shoot in early 2017 in London, and is currently scheduled for a December 25th 2018 release date.