Dick Van Dyke is joining the Mary Poppins sequel: “I gotta be a part of it”

The comic actor will ditch his terrible cockney accent for his cameo as Mr Dawes' son

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Dick Van Dyke will have a special cameo in Mary Poppins Returns.

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The 91-year-old actor played chimney sweep, pavement artist and kite seller Bert in the 1964 original, with a terrible cockney accent to match. He also popped up as the elderly, bearded bank manager Mr Dawes, who delivered a stern message about investments – but literally died laughing after hearing an excellent joke about a man with a wooden leg. 

Now, Van Dyke will return as the banker’s son, who himself would be rather elderly by now. 

“This time there’s no four hours in the makeup chair, I grew into the part!” Van Dyke told ETonline as he confirmed his long-rumoured return for the Mary Poppins sequel. “I don’t have to wear makeup at all!”

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The actor, who keeps active and still performs as part of vocal quartet The Vantastix, added: “I’ll be going to London in the spring to do my role, and I get to do a little song and dance number. I think I just have the one scene and a little song and dance in it.” 

Explaining why he agreed to the cameo, Van Dyke said simply: “I gotta be a part of it.”

The new Mary Poppins movie will star Emily Blunt in the role of the magical nanny originally played by Julie Andrews. The all-star cast also includes Emily Mortimer, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Ben Whishaw and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Mary Poppins Returns is set for release for Christmas 2018