Cor blimey guv’nor! Can you Adam and Eve it? The Mary Poppins sequel starring Emily Blunt will now see original cast member Dick Van Dyke reprising his role.
The veteran actor himself confirmed the news last night (December 19) in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
“I’ll be going to London in the spring to do my role,” he said, “and I get to do a little song-and-dance number. I gotta be a part of it.”
But before we get carried away with our cockney accents, the role Dick is reprising in Mary Poppins Returns is not necessarily Burt, the cheerful chimney sweep with a mean sideline in street art. That role, or a role very like it, will be taken by Hamilton‘s Lin Manuel Miranda, who plays a lamplighter called Jack.
Cast your minds back to the original film and you’ll remember Dick actually played two roles: Burt, and ancient president of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, Mr. Dawes, who delivers a stern message about investments before literally dying of laughter after being told a joke about a man with a wooden leg.
Don’t think you can sing a song about the joys of investing wisely? Think again:
Dick will play the son of Mr. Dawes in the new film, which is set 25 years after the events of the original, when the Banks children are grown up (and played by Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer) and the new Mr. Dawes is himself as old as his father.
“This time there’s no four hours in the makeup chair. I grew into the part!” the 91-year-old actor told ET. “I don’t have to wear makeup at all!”
How his character will fit with Williams Weatherall Wilkins, the bank’s president due to be played by Colin Firth, is anyone’s guess, but we’re not fussy. We’re happy to see Dick Van Dyke back in any form.
It does beg one very pressing question, though: Will there be a part in the sequel for Julie Andrews?
Mary Poppins Returns is set to hit theaters on December 25, 2018.
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