Tom Hanks has been on a promotional tour for his latest film, Cloud Atlas, the past few weeks, and doing so with some new facial hair. Since it’s a very styled sort of a ‘tache, I figured it was for a role, I just didn’t know which one. Now, thanks to our friends at HeyUGuys, we have your first look at two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks as Walt Disney as well as his costar, Emma Thompson, in Saving Mr. Banks.
The film is about Walt Disney’s pursuit of author P.L. Travers (Thompson) for the rights to her novel, Mary Poppins.
“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.”
The supporting cast includes Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Kathy Baker, Rachel Griffiths, Bradley Whitford and Ruth Wilson.
John Lee Hancock (The Blindside) is directing from a script by Sue Smith and Kelly Marcel.