NEWS:Dick Van Dyke to Star in Mary Poppins Sequel

The actor confirmed his involvement in Mary Poppins Returns in a new interview. 

Having starred alongside Julie Andrews in the 1964 film as chimney sweep Bert and banker Mr Dawes, the 91 year old actor will appear once again on screen this time appearing as the banker’s son.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter ,Van Dyke said: “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 [Lin-Manuel Miranda] from Hamilton.”

Having recently celebrated his 91st birthday, he also confirmed that he wasn’t planning on slowing down anytime soon saying:“ I’ll be going to London in the spring to do my role and I get to do a little song-and-dance number. I gotta be a part of it.”

Mary Poppins Returns is set to be released in 2018 and will see Emily Blunt taking on the role made famous by Julie Andrews. The new film will be set in the 1930’s, involving the now grown up children being paid a visit by their former nanny following a bereavement.

The film is to be directed by Rob Marshall who is best known for directing Into the Woods and the Oscar winning adaptation of Chicago in 2002.

The cast is also set to include Colin Firth, Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw.