Where to start with how brilliant the idea for Saving Mr. Banks is? How about Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in the story of how the icon was begged by his daughters to adapt their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins, into a big screen musical? Well, that’s about all one has to know about Saving Mr. Banks to know it has the potential to be simply awesome.
The studio that still carries the legend’s name has released the first photo of two-time Oscar winner Hanks as Disney, along with fellow double Academy Award winner Emma Thompson as Travers, for the film that will arrive in theaters December 13. We're thinking that when the film premieres, we may have to rethink our Top 10 Tom Hanks movies!
One would think that making Mary Poppins would be a no-brainer. But as audiences will see when Saving Mr. Banks premieres, it was not so simple. And given how imaginative and ahead of its time the feature was… it becomes easier to see why it took all of Disney’s pull to get the film made.
The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths and the man who told us all about his role in the film in our Colin Farrell exclusive video interview.
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