The first official picture of Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson from the upcoming film Saving Mr. Banks has emerged. The image, released by Time, shows Hanks and Thompson in character as Walt Disney and P.L. Travers.
According to Time Magazine, the image still is taken from a scene recreating Travers’ visit to Disneyland in 1961. It was there she met Walt Disney as he embarked on a 14 year long effort to persuade the Australian born author to turn her beloved novel, Mary Poppins, into a feature film.
Travers was reluctant to sell the film rights due to her personal connection with her creation and was highly opposed to the film being animated. Although Disney won her over in the end, she was far from impressed with his effort. So upset that the film was released with animated sequences, she never worked for or with Disney again.
The story will shift in focus between Travers negotiations with Disney and her difficult childhood in Australia, and we see that her father – Travers Robert Goff – becomes the inspiration for George Banks, the patriarch of the Mary Poppins story.
Hanks has said that he wants his portrayal of Walt Disney to be, “As accurate as possible.” He further added, “I don’t want to piss anybody off. It’s really the story of Emma Thompson more than it’s about me, so, you know, I don’t want to screw up.”
Emma Thompson has described her role of Travers as, “The most difficult person I’ve ever played. She was a woman of quite eye-watering complexity and contradiction”
The trailer for Saving Mr. Banks has also just been released, check it out below:
Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), Saving Mr. Banks also stars Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman and Colin Farrell. It is due for release in the US and UK on December 2, 2013.