Now for some Dick Van Dyke news that’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Just in case the return of everyone’s favorite magical nanny to the big screen wasn’t nostalgic enough for you, it turns out the upcoming Mary Poppins movie is going to feature a familiar face (and accent) that we all know and love!
While in conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Dick Van Dyke revealed that he will be joining the cast of the Mary Poppins sequel, and that he was absolutely blown away by the new cast: “It’s a great cast — Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury and that guy [Lin-Manuel Miranda] from Hamilton.”
The new film, Mary Poppins Returns, will take place 20 years after the original movie and stars Emily Blunt as the eponymous caregiver. Blunt will reunite with her Into the Woods director, Rob Marshall. Mary Poppins Returns will draw on the seven other stories from the original book series by author P.L. Travers.
The relatively small time jump means that it’s unlikely Van Dyke will be reprising his role as Bert, but that doesn’t mean the five-time Emmy winner can’t bring back the legendary bad accent … and perhaps even his ability to “Step In Time.” In fact, The Hollywood Reporter even asked him about his active lifestyle, and he credits his gym schedule with keeping him young.
“I’ve always been active, but my motivations have changed. In my 30s, I exercised to look good […] Now, in my 90s, I’m just doing it out of pure defiance.”
Along with keeping healthy, Van Dyke also advocates working and, though he is picky with his roles, notes that avoiding retirement has stopped him from suddenly aging. We’re just lucky he chose to come back to this franchise, and it will be exciting to see what this new movie plans to do!
You can watch the interview below.