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Saving Mr. Banks
« on: November 10, 2012, 06:04:11 AM »
I've been following this for a while, but for those who haven't heard...Disney's making a movie about the making of their best movie.

http://jimhillmedia.com/editor_in_chief1/b/press_releases/archive/2012/09/18/walt-disney-studios-quot-saving-mr-banks-quot-begins-production-in-los-angeles.aspx

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Los Angeles, Calif., September 19, 2012-Disney began production today on "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 upbeat filmmaker develops with the uptight author during the project's pre-production in 1961.

            Two-time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks ("Philadelphia," "Forrest Gump") will essay the role of the legendary Disney (the first time the entrepreneur has ever been depicted in a dramatic film) alongside fellow double Oscar®-winner Emma Thompson ("Howard's End," "Sense and Sensibility") in the role of the prickly novelist.  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).

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            Colin Farrell ("Minority Report," "Total Recall") co-stars as Travers' doting dad, Goff, along with British actress Ruth Wilson (the forthcoming films "The Lone Ranger" and "Anna Karenina") as his long-suffering wife, Margaret; Oscar® and Emmy® nominee Rachel Griffiths ("Six Feet Under," "Hilary and Jackie," "The Rookie") 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 ("The West Wing," "The Cabin in the Woods") as screenwriter Don DaGradi; Jason Schwartzman ("Rushmore," "Moonrise Kingdom") and B.J. Novak ("NBC's "The Office," "Inglourious Basterds") as the songwriting Sherman Brothers (Richard and Robert, respectively); Oscar® nominee and Emmy winner Paul Giamatti ("Sideways," "Cinderella Man," HBO's "John Adams") as Ralph, the kindly limousine driver who escorts Travers during her two-week stay in Hollywood; and multi-Emmy winner Kathy Baker ("Picket Fences," "Edward Scissorhands") as Tommie, one of Disney's trusted studio associates.

Certainly an... eclectic cast they've assembled. A pic was leaked a while ago of Hanks in a recreation of a portrait of Walt.



I'll wait until I see some actual acting to judge, but for now it's REALLY hard to buy Hanks as Walt, partly because they're both already such distinct iconic figures in Hollywood.

Also, it's a shame this wasn't made twenty years ago, because back then Hugh Laurie would have made a PERFECT Dick Van Dyke. And he could have pulled off doing American doing bad English.