It’s not going to be easy to make a sequel to one of the most beloved and iconic children's movies of the 20th Century, but rumour has it that Ben Whishaw might be willing to give it a try as the Bond actor is apparently in talks with Disney to star as the now-fully-grown Michael Banks.
Yes! Young Master Banks is all grown up and possibly a bit brooding in Mary Poppins Returns as he and sister Jane experience ‘a personal loss’, which could be the death of their father, and must learn to cope.
Whishaw broke out on screen playing another iconic character in British cinema when he became the new ‘Q’ in Skyfall, and last year again when he portrayed the titular bear in the Paddington movie. The man is no stranger to having the expectations of a known character on his shoulders but so far he’s been able to pull it off with aplomb every time.
If Whishaw does get cast for the role, he’ll star alongside such names as Meryl Streep and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who play Topsy Poppins and a lamplighter called Jack, respectively; as well as Emily Blunt, who plays Mary Poppins herself. That’s a hugely talented cast to be surrounded by, but if the past few years are any indication, Ben Whishaw will have no problem shining just as bright as the rest of them.
Mary Poppins Returns is expected to for a Christmas 2018 release.