We made a special Christmas wish and it actually came true: Dick Van Dyke is officially going to be in the Mary Poppins sequel. Van Dyke, who recently celebrated his 91st birthday, confirmed the news himself in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“There was a spirit about that thing from the very beginning,” Van Dyke said of the original Mary Poppins film.
“Walt [Disney] had me in, and I heard the score and saw the scenes storyboarded on a wall, and I just knew… 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.”
Mary Poppins Returns set to take place 25 years after the events of the original film, and will see Mary Poppins, um, return to the Banks’ household when Jane and Michael experience a personal loss.
Chicago and Into The Woods director Rob Marshall is helming the film, which will feature an original screenplay from David Magee based on childrens’ author PL Travers’ The Mary Poppins Stories. Marshall, John DeLuca and Marc Platt are producing. It will also feature an all-new score by Marc Shaiman and original songs by Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
Joining Streep as Topsy, Miranda was Jack the Street Lamplighter and Lansbury in an unconfirmed role in Mary Poppins Returns are Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, Colin Firth as bank manager William Weatherall Wilkins, Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks, Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks and Christian Dixon as the Milkman.
Now for Julie Andrews to confirm her attendance…
Mary Poppins Returns is in cinemas from 25 December 2018. Get all the latest fantasy news with every issue of SciFiNow.