Dick Van Dyke To Appear In ‘Mary Poppins Returns’
Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert the Chimney Sweep in the original 1964 film Mary Poppins will have a cameo in the remake coming out next year.
DICK VAN DYKE TO APPEAR IN MARY POPPINS REMAKE
In the original, Van Dyke, now 91, also played the elderly banker Mr. Dawes, and in the 2017 film, Mary Poppins Returns, he will play Mr. Dawes’ son. The film will be set 20 years after the original, with Emily Blunt taking on the title role.
“I gotta be part of it,” he told the Hollywood Reporter. “I grew into that part.”
Julie Andrews was the original Mary Poppins and won an Oscar for her unforgettable performance. In addition to Blunt, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury and Lin-Manuel Miranda will star.
In the original, Van Dyke was the only American in the film, his exaggerated Cockney accent irking Brits but endearing Americans – his show, The Dick Van Dyke Show was already popular in the states.