20/12/2016 11:25 GMT

'Mary Poppins Returns': Dick Van Dyke To Join Emily Blunt In Disney's Sequel

We're excited to see how his cockney accent has come along in the past 50 years.

Dick Van Dyke has confirmed he will be appearing in Disney’s upcoming ‘Mary Poppins’ sequel.

In the original 1964 film, the veteran actor starred opposite Julie Andrews as loveable chimney sweep Bert, performing on beloved songs like ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’, ‘Step In Time’ and ‘Jolly Holiday’.

He’s now revealed that he’ll be appearing in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, slated for release in 2018.

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Dick Van Dyke

He tells The Hollywood Reporter: “This one supposedly takes place 20 years later and the kids are all grown up.”

Dick also spilled the beans about some of the other stars who’d be appearing, adding: “It’s a great cast - Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury and that guy from ‘Hamilton’.”

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Angela Lansbury has also bagged a role - her first film role since 2011

We assume “that guy from ‘Hamilton’” relates to Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was confirmed earlier this year to be playing a new character, a lamp-lighter named Jack, who will supposedly fulfill the same purpose as Dick Van Dyke in the original film.

The role of the titular magical nanny, meanwhile, will be played by Emily Blunt, who has already had Julie Andrews’ seal of approval.

Speaking about taking over the iconic role, Emily told Entertainment Weekly: “[Julie Andrews] went, ‘Oh, wonderful!’

“I felt like I wanted to cry. It was lovely to get her stamp of approval. That took the edge off it, for sure.”

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Dick Van Dyke and Mary Poppins in the original 'Mary Poppins' film

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ is slated for release on Christmas Day 2018.

The film will take place in the decades after the original film, centring around the children of Jane and Michael Banks, who are now adults.

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