It’s been a long time since we’ve talked about Saving Mr. Banks. But you have nothing to worry about – a much better (and the first official) photo with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson is waiting for you in the rest of this report. Head inside to check them out, ’cause in case you forgot, Disney’s upcoming drama is set to hit theaters this December.
For those of you who may have missed our previous reports, the film centers on the life of P. L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins, shifting between 1907 with her childhood in Queensland, Australia, the negotiations with Walt Disney and the making of Disney’s classic in the 1960s.
John Lee Hancock directs the whole thing from a script written by Kelly Marcel, which is inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Mary Poppins made it to the screen.
Beside Tom Hanks who plays Disney, and Emma Thompson who stars as P. L. Travers, the rest of Saving Mr. Banks cast includes Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson and B.J. Novak, and the movie is set to hit theaters on December 13th, 2013.
As usual – click on this image to enlarge & in case you want more details about the story, here’s the official synopsis for the movie once again:
When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise – one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.