Ben Whishaw in Talks to Join 'Mary Poppins' Sequel (Exclusive)

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Ben Whishaw

Rob Marshall is directing Disney's film, which will be set 20 years after events in the 1964 classic.

Ben Whishaw, who played Q in the Daniel Craig James Bond movies, is in negotiations to join Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Disney’s sequel to Mary Poppins.

The movie, titled Mary Poppins Returns, already has Meryl Streep in talks to join the call sheet.

Rob Marshall is directing the film, which will be set 25 years after events in the 1964 classic.

Whishaw will play the character of a grown-up Michael Banks, who is a key figure in the new story. Banks experiences a personal loss and sees the return of his big sister Jane. That results in the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins (Blunt), who teams up with her lamplighter friend Jack (Miranda) to help the family.

Marshall, John DeLuca and Marc Platt are producing the project, which will shoot in early 2017 in London. The movie has a Dec. 25, 2018, release date.

Whishaw has drawn praise for his work starring in the BBC miniseries London Spy and for The Lobster, the acclaimed indie sci-fi romance by Yorgos Lanthimos that starred Colin Farrell. He also appeared in The Danish Girl, voiced the classic British bear in Paddington and played Q in both Skyfall and Spectre.

Whishaw is repped by CAA, Peikoff Mahan Law, and the U.K.’s Hamilton Hodell.