Published On: Tue, May 16th, 2017

Dick Van Dyke praises Emily Blunt in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Disney has set a new Mary Poppins film with Emily Blunt as the famous nanny and while Dick Van Dyke said “nobody compares” to Julie Andrews’ portrayal of Mary, he offered praise for the new lead actress and her portrayal in Mary Poppins Returns.

Dick Van Dyke, who starred in the original classic musical, spoke about travelling to London in April to song and dance number on a desk” for Mary Poppins Returns.

Emily is “good,” Van Dyke said as the 91-year-old actor who played chimney sweep Bert in the original 1964 movie, said his work on the new film was “kind of a book end for me”.

He told the Press Association: “We just did the sequel to Mary Poppins in London and I did a song and dance number on a desk.

“It used to be when you do a dance number, you did like 20 takes at different angles. They put four cameras up and you do one take. Boy at my age is that blessing.”

“Nobody compares to Julie Andrews but Emily’s going to be a good Mary.

“The Girl On The Train is going to be Mary Poppins.”

Appearing at the Professional Dancers Society’s Gypsy Awards Luncheon in Los Angeles, Dick said he will play the son of the “old banker” from the original film in Mary Poppins Returns.

“I just love the movie and I wanted to be in it,” he said. “They made me up anyway, even though I’m old enough to do it without the make up.”

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

Blunt replaces Dame Julie Andrews as P.L. Travers’ famous title character, while Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, will play street lamplighter Jack in the new film.

Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury and Colin Firth also have roles in the movie, directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Chicago) from the script by Finding Neverland writer David Magee. Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson and Nathanael Saleh star as three new Banks children.

Production began in March (the photo above is the initial image to promote the film).


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