First Looks At Colin Farrell & Ruth Wilson In ‘Saving Mr. Banks
Digital Spy have revealed these first images of Colin Farrell and Ruth Wilson in ‘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. The images feature Farrell’s Robert Goff Travers, father of ‘Mary Poppins’ author PL Travers, with his family in Australia. Wilson plays Travers’s mother Margaret Goff, while Annie Buckley plays the young Travers in flashback scenes. 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 as an adult.
Before actually signing away the book’s rights, P.L. Travers’ demands for contractual script and character control circumvent not only Walt 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.
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. ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ is due in theaters on a November 29th in the UK and December 13th in the US.
When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins, he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.
For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.
It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
Disney presents SAVING MR BANKS, directed by John Lee Hancock, produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie and Philip Steuer, and written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Executive producers are Paul Trijbits, Andrew Mason, Troy Lum and Christine Langan.
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