When he officially signs on, he will join Emily Blunt, who plays the titular Mary Poppins as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda, who will play her lamplighter friend Jack. Meryl Streep recently boarded the film as Poppins’ cousin, Topsy, a role that did not appear in the original.
The sequel will take place 20 years after the events of the original. Whishaw is eyeing the role of the grown-up Michael Banks. When Banks experiences a person loss, his big sister Jane returns. This prompts the arrival of the magical Poppins who teams up with Jack to help the family.
Rob Marshall will direct the screenplay written by David Magee, which will be based on the stories by P.L. Travers. Marc Shaiman is set to compose a new score which will include originals songs written Emmy nominee and Tony-winner Scott Wittman. Marshall will produce alongside John DeLuca and Marc Platt. Shooting is set to begin in early 2017 with a projected December 25, 2018 release date.
Whishaw is best known as the gadget maestro Q from Skyfall and Spectre of the James Bond franchise. He also starred opposite Colin Farrell in the critically acclaimed sci-fi romance The Lobster. His other recent film credits include The Danish Girl, A Hologram for the King, and In the Heart of the Sea.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer
This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.