"Saving Mr. Banks," Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, Premieres Dec. 13

By Adam Hetrick
13 Dec 2013

Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
Photo by Disney

"Saving Mr. Banks," starring Academy Award winner and Tony nominee Tom Hanks (Lucky Guy) as Walt Disney and Academy Award winner Emma Thompson as author P.L. Travers, arrives in theatres Dec. 13. The film marks the first time Disney has been portrayed on screen.

Written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith, and directed by John Lee Hancock, "Saving Mr. Banks" promises "the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney's classic 'Mary Poppins' made it to the screen."

Thompson plays "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers in a cast that also features Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths and Kathy Baker.

According to Disney, "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."



Here's a look at the trailer: