We were all excited to find out that Disney would be making a sequel to their classic, and undoubtedly one of the best films to date, Mary Poppins. Even to this day, the “practically perfect in every way” Mary still brings smiles to children and adults alike.
With Emily Blunt now starring as the iconic nanny, accompanied by Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame, people were hoping that the original Mary Poppins Julie Andrews would make even just a cameo. Unfortunately she won’t make an appearance, but another familiar face will – in a character straight from the 1964 movie.
Dick Van Dyke, the esteemed actor who played the jack-of-all-trades Bert alongside Andrews, is returning for the sequel, portraying the old head of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. Van Dyke played Mr. Dawes, Sr. in the first film, almost unrecognizable under the makeup and white hair, but this time around the 93-year-old will be playing the son – Mr. Dawes, Jr.
The senior Dawes was the bank’s director in the original movie, whereas the junior was just a member of the board. In Mary Poppins Returns, Mr. Dawes, Jr. has retired from his work as the bank’s chairman, and has left the job to William Weatherall Wilkins played by Colin Firth.
It’s amazing that in Mary Poppins, Van Dyke needed a large amount of makeup to look the character of Mr. Dawes, Sr. And now 54 years later, he has aged well and looks perfect for the role of the retired chairman.
We won’t be expecting any musical numbers from Van Dyke like he did in “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocius” (still a mouthful!) and “Step In Time”, although he did make a surprise appearance at the The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 two years ago as he danced the latter song – looks like he still has some jig in him!
All the same, we are excited to see Dick Van Dyke back on the silver screen, even more so that he gets to share it with Mary Poppins once again. It will be a jolly holiday to be singing along with Mary after so long!
Mary Poppins Returns opens in Philippine cinemas nationwide on Tuesday, January 8.