Colin Firth is in negotiations to play a bank president in Mary Poppins Returns.
The 56-year-old actor is in talks to play William Weatherall Wilkins, the president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, in the family movie reboot, according to Variety.
Colin is the latest addition to what is shaping up to be an all-star cast, including Emily Blunt as the magical nanny, Lin-Manuel Miranda as her lamplighter friend Jack, Meryl Streep as Mary Poppins’ cousin Topsy, and Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer as a grown-up Michael and Jane Banks – the young children the beloved nanny cared for in the 1964 film, based upon books by P. L. Travers.
Mary Poppins Returns will be set 20 years after the original, as the grown-up Michael, originally portrayed by child star Matthew Garber, is trying to cope after experiencing a personal loss.
His magical former nanny and her pal Jack, set out to restore happiness in the Banks household.
Julie Andrews, whose portrayal of Mary in the original won her a Best Actress Oscar, and Dick Van Dyke, who played chimney sweep Bert, are in talks to make cameos in the new film.
In a recent interview, The Devil Wears Prada actress Blunt admitted she is yet to work out how she will follow Andrews in the role ahead of rehearsals which will begin in November (16).
“I think I just have to do my version of it,” she told HeyYouGuys.com. “It’s quite hard to sum up what my version of it is yet. I think I’m still trying to figure it out and work it out and I’m sure I’ll have a better idea by the time I start shooting.”
Mary Poppins Returns is scheduled for release in 2018.