Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Mickey Mouse star in the new Saving Mr. Banks poster

OK, so Mickey Mouse is technically only a shadow, but I thought he was worth mentioning.  I find the new poster of SAVING MR. BANKS quite clever as the two characters Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson play are both affiliated by their shadow representation in Mickey Mouse and Mary Poppins.  This film is quickly shaping up to be a can’t miss this holiday and I for one am looking forward to it. SAVING MR. BANKS (click the link to watch the trailer) will star Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers and Colin Farrell as Travers Goff / Mr. Banks. The all-star cast also include: Ruth Wilson, Paul Giamatti, Rachel Griffiths, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, B.J. Novak and Kathy Baker. The John Lee Hancock directed film hits theaters on December 13th.

SAVING MR. BANKS official synopsis: When Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Disney’s desire to bring her beloved character to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario’s concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers’ reflects back on her childhood in 1906 Australia, a trying time for her family which not only molded her aspirations to write, but one that also inspired the characters in her 1934 book.

None more so than the one person whom she loved and admired more than any other—her caring father, Travers Goff, a tormented banker who, before his untimely death that same year, instills the youngster with both affection and enlightenment (and would be the muse for the story’s patriarch, Mr. Banks, the sole character that the famous nanny comes to aide). While reluctant to grant Disney the film rights, Travers comes to realize that the acclaimed Hollywood storyteller has his own motives for wanting to make the film—which, like the author, hints at the relationship he shared with his own father in the early 20th Century Midwest.

Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks

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