Revealed yesterday during a seemingly innocuous (aside from an awesome Jerry Lewis interview) Hollywood Reporter article about 90+ year old actors, the legendary Dick Van Dyke will join the cast of Disney's upcoming Mary Poppins Returns. A sequel to the 1964 classic (this reporter's all-time favorite film), Mary Poppins Returns stars Emily Blunt in the titular role. Van Dyke, who is apparently somewhat paying attention, has the following details:
[The sequel] 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 from Hamilton.
We all love that guy from Hamilton.
Van Dyke's performance in the original film alongside Julie Andrews as Bert is renowned for Van Dyke's charm being so powerful it could overcome his famously terrible cockney accent. Van Dyke, covered heavily in makeup with grey wig and beard, also played Mr. Dawes Sr., the elderly director of the Dawes Tomes Mousley Grubbs Fidelity Fiduciary Bank in the movie. Perhaps this time around, he can play the role without makeup?
We kid, of course. We're practically peeing our pants with joy over this movie and Van Dyke's involvement. Don't tell anyone we said so though. We have a snarky image to maintain.
Since Mary Poppins is the greatest movie ever made, it will be difficult for the sequel to live up to the original, but it was a good choice not to remake the film and do a continuation instead, leaving the original continuity intact and lessening the blow of revisiting a classic, like a spoonful of sugar helping the reboot medicine go down. Directed by Rob Marshall, Mary Poppins Returns is set to hit theaters on December 25, 2018, making it the best thing to ever happen on that day of the year.
Now, here's a gif of Bleeding Cool Rumormonger-in-Chief Rich Johnston dancing with penguins: