(CBS SF) – The trailer for the upcoming movie “Saving Mr. Banks” starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney has been released. “Saving Mr. Banks” is a biographical film featuring Hanks as Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers, the author of “Mary Poppins.” The film also stars Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman and Bradley Whitford.
Emma Thompson talks about her role as P.L. Travers:
“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 [in Howards End], guided by the early principles of feminism and equal rights, and Elinor Dashwood [in Sense and Sensibility], guided by the principles of decency and honor.”
About “Saving Mr. Banks”
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.
“Saving Mr. Banks” comes out in theaters on December 13.
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