A little bit of Dick Van Dyke makes the sequel go down.
The iconic actor confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that he will appear in the upcoming Mary Poppins follow-up – although not in his original role.
Van Dyke portrayed the elderly Mr. Dawes in addition to chimney sweep Bert in the 1964 classic. In the revamp, Van Dyke’s character is actually his own age: “This time there’s no four hours in the makeup chair, I grew into the part!”
“I’ll be going to London in the spring to do my role, and I get to do a little song-and-dance number,” the 91-year-old told ET. “I gotta be a part of it.”
Blunt plays the titular character in the new film – taking over for Julie Andrews – and Miranda stars as a street lamplighter named Jack.
Van Dyke has kept the Poppins magic alive throughout the decades since the film’s debut. In June, he led a fan sing-along outside the childhood home of Walt Disney in Chicago.
Last year, the star visited Disneyland to ring in his 90th birthday, where he rode in a special cavalcade and was greeted by costumed chimney sweeps and the park’s Mary.
And there’s no question if the star has still got it: Over the weekend, wife Arlene shared a video of Van Dyke shimmying and shaking!
It’s certainly now a jolly holiday with this news!
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Mary Poppins Returns is currently slotted for a Christmas Day 2018 release.