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Dick Van Dyke joins cast of Mary Poppins Returns!

FILE – JANUARY 22: Dick Van Dyke will be honored with the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 27, 2013. Van Dyke was the star of The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis: Murder, and has been awarded 5 Emmys, a Tony Award and a GRAMMY during his six decade career. NBC PRESENTS THE AFI COMEDY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Host Dick Van Dyke -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank

Dick Van Dyke, who starred in the original 1964 Mary Poppins film as Bert the chimney sweep, has confirmed he will appear in the movie’s upcoming sequel – Mary Poppins Returns.

The film will tell the story of an older Jane and Michael Banks and Michael’s three children, who are visited by Poppins in the aftermath of a “personal loss” in Depression-hit London.

Van Dyke will appear alongside new Mary Poppins Emily Blunt. He revealed to the Hollywood Reporter that the sequel “takes place 20 years later and the kids are all grown up”. He notes that the film has a “great cast – Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury and that guy from Hamilton [Lin-Manuel Miranda].”

The 91 year old legend also confirmed he has no plans to retire from performing: “I think it’s the worst thing you can do,” he said. “Certain people who do retire, suddenly age. I think you have to stay active.”

Mary Poppins Returns is due to be released on Christmas Day 2018.

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