Walt Disney Pictures movie “Saving Mr. Banks” has begun production. Here’s an overview description of the movie from Disney:
The account of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers’ popular novel, Mary Poppins, and the testy partnership the upbeat filmmaker develops with the uptight author during the project’s pre-production in 1961.
The two main characters in the movie will be played by:
Tom Hanks as Walt Disney
Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers
Here’s a further description of what to expect in “Saving Mr. Banks,”
“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.”
Here’s a list of actors who will also join the film:
Colin Farrell as Travers’ father Goff
Ruth Wilson as Goff’s wife Margaret
Rachel Criffiths as Margaret’s sister, Aut Ellie (who inspired the character Mary Poppins)
Annie Buckley as Travers’ younger self
Bradley Whitford as screenwriter Don DaGradi
Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak as the Sherman Brothers
Paul Giamatti as Ralph the limo driver
Kathy Baker as Tommie an associate of Walt Disney
The movie is being filmed in Los Angeles, California and much of the movie will take place in Disneyland and the Disney Studios in Burbank. The movie will film from now until Thanksgiving, and it is scheduled to arrive in theaters in 2013. We can’t wait!