According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mickey Rooney and Dick Van Dyke are plotting their return to studio films, playing villains in Shawn Levy's family tentpole Night at the Museum for 20th Century Fox. Rooney and Van Dyke, along with Bill Cobbs (I Still Know What You Did Last Summer), will play security guards at the Museum of Natural History on the same detail as Ben Stiller's night watchman.

Stiller's character discovers a magical pharaoh's tablet, but Van Dyke, playing the head of security who has worked at the museum for nearly 50 years, wants the tablet to stay young. Rooney is his colleague who, with Cobbs, helps Van Dyke's character with his nefarious schemes.

Van Dyke's last appearance in a feature film was in 1990's Dick Tracy. He has spent the past 15 years working on Diagnosis Murder and its related TV movies. The actor, repped by WMA, also lends his voice to the upcoming ani film Curious George.

Brian B.