Disney is going to start filming the long-awaited sequel to their classic film Mary Poppins any day now. While Emily Blunt is taking on the iconic role of Mary Poppins herself (and brilliantly cast, if we do say so ourselves), the film is welcoming back at least one of the original actors. It has been confirmed that Dick Van Dyke has been cast in Mary Poppins Returns.
In a new profile of actors over the age of 90, THR reported that Van Dyke was preparing for the film, confirming the fact that he will appear on screen at some point during Mary Poppins Returns. This news followed rumors that Disney was trying to cut deals with both Van Dyke and Julie Andrews for the sequel.
There’s no word on what role Van Dyke will play, but the film is set to take place many years after the original, though not as many years as have actually gone by. Van Dyke would be too old to play his original character Burt, so it’s likely he’ll be playing someone else. It is possible that he’ll reprise his role of bank manager Mr. Dawes Senior, which was credited to Navckid Keyd, an anagram of Dick Van Dyke, in the original film.
Disney has also cast a role similar Burt, so it’s even less likely that Van Dyke will play that particular character. Lin-Manuel Miranda will star alongside Emily Blunt as Jack, the film’s male lead who pretty much acts like the Burt of Mary Poppins Returns.
There’s no word on if Julie Andrews has been cast in the upcoming sequel, but we’re still crossing our fingers.