Dick Van Dyke to appear in ‘Mary Poppins’ sequel

The 91-year-old starred in the original 1964 movie

Dick Van Dyke is set to star in the forthcoming Mary Poppins Returns sequel.

The 91-year-old played chimney sweep Burt in the original 1964 movie.

He told The Hollywood Reporter: “This one supposedly takes place 20 years later and the kids are all grown up.

“It’s a great cast – Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury and that guy from Hamilton [Lin-Manuel Miranda].”

He also said he has no plans to retire from performing.

“I think it’s the worst thing you can do. Certain people who do retire suddenly age. I think you have to stay active,” Dyke added.

NME

Earlier this year it was confirmed Colin Firth and Emily Blunt will appear in the sequel.

Firth will play William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins, with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda co-starring as new character Jack, a street lamplighter.

Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer are playing grown-up versions of Michael and Jane Banks, the children Mary Poppins once looked after.

Mary Poppins Returns is due to be released on Christmas Day 2018.

It will tell the story of an older Jane and Michael Banks and Michael’s three children, who are visited by Poppins in the aftermath of a “personal loss” in Depression-hit London.

The film’s director is Rob Marshall, who was also behind the camera for Into The Woods and the 2002 Oscar-winning film adaption of Chicago.

“I am truly humbled and honoured to be asked by Disney to bring PL Travers’ further adventures to the screen,” Marshall said when the film was announced.

“The iconic original film means so much to me personally. And I look forward to creating an original movie musical that can bring Mary Poppins, and her message that childlike wonder can be found in even the most challenging of times, to a whole new generation.”

Tony-winning composer Marc Shaiman is writing the score and collaborating with Scott Wittman on new songs for the film.

Mary Poppins first appeared in a 1934 book by PL Travers. Seven further more books about her adventures published between 1935 and 1988.