Hollywood heavyweight Dick Van Dyke has recently confirmed that he would be taking part in the new Mary Poppins sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, after finding fame with his legendary role as Burt the chimney sweep in the original 1964 Disney classic.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Dick told what he knows of the
film so far. He said, “This one supposedly takes place 20 years later
and the kids are all grown up.” The film will tell the story of an older Jane and Michael Banks, who are revisited by Mary in a London hit by the Depression.
The 91-year-old was just 39 when he debuted his singing and dancing prowess in the musical Mary Poppins, and has since gone on to have an impressive film career, starring in Dick Tracy and Night At The Museum.
The film also boasts a remaining stellar cast. Emily Blunt, lead in this year’s The Girl On The Train, will play Mary Poppins, the role made famous by Julie Andrews in the original movie. Meryl Streep and Angela Lansbury will also star in the film, although their roles are yet unclear.
Speaking of his performing career, Dyke made it clear that he has no plans to wind down now that he’s entered his 90’s. He said, “I think it’s the worst thing you can do. You have to stay active.” And he even suggested that he credits his looks to staying active, saying “Certain people who do retire suddenly age.”