Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS has added Colin Firth to play William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. He joins previously cast Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, and Ben Whishaw.
The film stars Blunt as Poppins, taking over the role that netted Julie Andrews an Oscar, as she reunites with the now grown up Jane and Michael Banks, played by Mortimer and Whishaw. Streep has been cast as a cousin of Poppins and Miranda is set as a street lamplighter named Jack.
Rob Marshall, who previously directed Blunt in Into the Woods, will helm the film with a script from David Magee based on P.L. Travers The Mary Poppins Stories. Marshall also produces with John DeLuca and Marc Platt. New songs in the film hail from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, with Shaiman also composing an all-new score.
Firth currently stars in the hit romantic comedy sequel Bridget Jones’s Baby opposite Renee Zellweger and is a producer on the buzzy critical hit Loving. It was also revealed earlier this year that he would return in the anticipated sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle as Harry Hart.