Tom Hanks has played the likes of soldiers, a marooned man, and a talking toy cowboy, and now he can add one of the most iconic figures from the 20th century to his résumé. In the upcoming film Saving Mr. Banks, Hanks is the man, the myth, the legend with the supposedly cryogenically frozen head: Walt Disney.
Produced by Walt Disney studios (shocker!), the film delves into the true story of how Mary Poppins got made. Set in 1961, Walt wants to follow through on a promise he’d made to his daughters 20 years prior to make the popular novel into a film. The exec’s plans are quickly foiled, as he finds himself butting heads with the author, P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson). Protective of her book, Travers isn’t moved by the imaginative storyboards or music Walt presents and she refuses to relinquish the rights. Not one to give up, it’s 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.”
The studio has pulled out all the stops with this historical biopic and is clearly gunning for the Academy Awards. In addition to the high-calibre cast, director John Lee Hancock of the Oscar-winning hit The Blind Side was picked to helm the film. Lest we forget, Hancock also made one of the biggest flops of all-time, The Alamo. Set for release this December, we’ll have to wait until then to see if Disney will make magic with Saving Mr. Banks.