Dick Van Dyke Set to ‘Do a Little Song and Dance’ in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

While he won’t reprise the role of chimney sweep Bert from the 1964 original film, the 91-year-old actor says, “I gotta be a part of it”

Last Updated: December 20, 2016 @ 9:46 PM

When “Mary Poppins” returns to the big screen on Christmas Day 2018, so will Dick Van Dyke.

While he won’t play beloved chimney sweep Bert, who swept generations of viewers off their feet with Julie Andrews in the original 1964 movie, the 91-year-old actor will get to show off his dance moves.

“I’ll be going to London in the spring to do my role, and I get to do a little song and dance number,” Van Dyke told ET. “I gotta be a part of it.”

The actor, comedian, singer, dancer, writer and producer also played the elderly, bearded bank manager Mr. Dawes in the original film that has since become a holiday classic.

For the reboot, he will have a far more simpler role, however, as the banker’s son.

“This time there’s no four hours in the makeup chair, I grew into the part,” Van Dyke said. “I don’t have to wear makeup at all!”

“Mary Poppins Returns” stars Emily Blunt, Ben Whishaw, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Lin Manuel-Miranda, and is being directed by Rob Marshall.

Having won Grammy, Emmy and Tony awards throughout his lengthy career, Van Dyke also starred in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “The Comic,” “Dick Tracy,” “Curious George,” “Night at the Museum” and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.”

“Mary Poppins Returns” dances into theaters December 25, 2018.

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