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MARY POPPINS RETURNS (2018): Ben Whishaw Joins Cast

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Ben Whishaw signs on to the cast of Mary Poppins Returns. The Danish Girl and Spectre actor will play a role in the sequel to the classic 1964 Disney musical.

Whishaw is set to portray the adult version of Michael Banks, one of the children from the original story and film. Taking place in Depression-era London, Banks has a family of his own to take care of when he and his sister Jane are visited once again by Mary Poppins.

The Paddington actor joins a cast that already includes a number of high-profile actors, such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep, and Emily Blunt, who will play the titular role originated by Julie Andrews:

Reuniting the director and producing team behind Disney’s hit film musical Into the WoodsMary Poppins Returns will be directed by Oscar nominee, Emmy and DGA Award winner Rob Marshall and produced by Marshall, Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee John DeLuca and Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Marc Platt. The screenplay will be written by Oscar nominee David Magee based on The Mary Poppins Stories by P.L. Travers, with Oscar nominee and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman composing an all-new score and Shaiman and Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Scott Wittman writing original songs.

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack.

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