Saving Mr. Banks tells the behind the scenes story of one of Disney’s most beloved films Mary Poppins, and Walt Disney‘s struggle to get author P.L. Travers on board for the adaptation of her novel. The intrepid Tom Hanks will portray Walt Disney, with the uncomparable Emma Thompson stepping in the shoes of Travers. Boasted by a star-studded supporting cast, led by Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Ruth Wilson and Bradley Whitford, and directed by The Blind Side helmer John Lee Hancock, Saving Mr. Banks is a sure-fire Oscar contender.
Emma Thompson had this to say to Time Magazine:
“She was a woman of quite eye-watering complexity and contradiction. Often I play people who are controlled by some very clear guiding moral principles. Like Margaret Schlegel (Howards End), guided by the early principles of feminism and equal rights, and Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility), guided by the principles of decency and honor. There are very clear moral prisms these women pour life through, and I understand that very well. And [Travers] was not like that at all. She was far more chaotic and confused and morally various.”
Hanks can next be seen in Paul Greengrass‘ upcoming thriller Captain Phillips, in which Hanks plays Richard Phillips, the real-life skipper of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Should be very exciting watching the likes of Hanks and Thompson sparring in the ring together.
Saving Mr. Banks hits theaters December 13, 2013.