Saving Mr Banks finds Tom Hanks as Disney, and chronicles his struggle to convince Mary Poppins author
P.L. Travers that his company deserved the chance to turn her classic tale into a film. Travers was opposed to the idea, and the picture shows Disney bringing her to Disneyland in an attempt to woo her over.
"She was a woman of quite eye-watering complexity and contradiction," Thompson told Time’s site. "Often I play people who are controlled by some very clear guiding moral principles. Like Margaret Schlegel in Howards End, guided by the early principles of feminism and equal rights, and Elinor Dashwood in Sense And Sensibility, guided by the principles of decency and honour. There are very clear moral prisms these women pour life through, and I understand that very well. And Travers was not like that at all. She was far more chaotic and confused and morally various."
Travers didn’t feel that Disney had quite got the core of what Mary Poppins is all about, and it takes some time for him to get to the core of the matter: the story is really about Travers’ own family, and, in particular, her father.
This promises to be light and breezy with some typically Disney emotional overtones, anchored of course by Hanks and Thompson doing what they do best and acting the hell out of their roles. Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), Saving Mr Banks will be out on January 17 next year.