Inside the Magic has posted this first collection of images (below) from the set of ‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ 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 filmmaker develops with the author during the project’s pre-production in 1961. Two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks plays Disney (the first time the entrepreneur has ever been depicted in a dramatic film) alongside fellow double Oscar-winner Emma Thompson in the role of Travers. Before actually signing away the book’s rights, Travers’ demands for contractual script and character control circumvent not only Disney’s vision for the film adaptation, but also those of the creative team of screenwriter Don DaGradi and sibling composers Richard and Robert Sherman, whose original score and song (Chim-Chim-Cher-ee) would go on to win Oscars at the 1965 ceremonies – the film won five awards of its thirteen nominations.

Boasting an incredible cast, Colin Farrell co-stars as Travers’ doting dad, Goff, along with British actress Ruth Wilson as his long-suffering wife, Margaret; Oscar and Emmy nominee Rachel Griffiths as Margaret’s sister, Aunt Ellie (who inspired the title character of Travers’ novel); and a screen newcomer – 11-year-old Aussie native Annie Buckley as the young, blossoming writer, nicknamed “Ginty” in the flashback sequences. The cast also includes Emmy winner Bradley Whitford as screenwriter Don DaGradi; Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak as the songwriting Sherman Brothers; Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Paul Giamatti as Ralph, the kindly limousine driver who escorts Travers during her two-week stay in Hollywood; and multi-Emmy winner Kathy Baker as Tommie, one of Disney’s trusted studio associates. ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ is directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Rookie) based on a screenplay by Kelly Marcel, from a story by Sue Smith and Kelly Marcel. The film is scheduled for a late 2013 release. Source: Slashfilm.