Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star in the first official photo from Saving Mr. Banks

It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news on Disney’s SAVING MR. BANKS, but we now are getting our first official photo feature Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers. I enjoy movies about the creation of iconic films or stories.  Most recently, I thought HITCHCOCK was a quirky good time following the making of the hauntingly terrifying PSYCHO.  One of my favorite films in 2004 was FINDING NEVERLAND about the creation of Peter Pan.  So I have a positive outlook on the upcoming SAVING MR. BANKS about the story behind Mary Poppins.  Directed by John Lee Hancock, who has some experience with sweet, feel-good movies (THE BLIND SIDE and THE ROOKIE), SAVING MR. BANKS 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 with a release date of December 13th. (Time)

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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