Actress, trio of thesps join 'McPhee' sequel

LONDON — Maggie Gyllenhaal has boarded “Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang,” the sequel to Working Title’s 2005 hit “Nanny McPhee.”

Also joining the cast are Rhys Ifans, Maggie Smith and Asa Butterfield (“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”).

Emma Thompson, who is also penning the script and exec producing, will reprise her role as a magic-wielding governess.

The action this time centers on a group of kids who are evacuated from the city to a farm during wartime.

Brit helmer Susanna White is set to make her feature directing debut with the project, set to go into production this summer. Ralph Fiennes is in talks to take an uncredited cameo in the pic.

Series is based on Christianna Brand’s popular “Nurse Matilda” tyke books.

Working Title co-toppers Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan are producing along with Lindsay Doran. Debra Hayward and Liza Chasin will exec produce.

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