The two leads appear to be lined up for Disney’s upcoming “Saving Mr. Banks,” the true story of how the Disney studio’s “Mary Poppins” came about, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Talks are under way with two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks to play Walt Disney, and with Emma Thompson — also a two-time Oscar winner — to play the other lead, P.L. Travers, the Australian who wrote “Marry Poppins.”
The movie tells the story of Disney’s 14-year pursuit of Travers’ “Poppins” in the hopes of doing an adaptation.
The story reports: “Travers resisted for so long because she feared Disney would make an animated adaptation. The studio finally made a live-action movie in 1964, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, but stuck in animated sequences, which turned the author off from working with Disney again.”
John Lee Hancock, best known for "The Blind Side," will direct, with the script written by Kelly Marcel.
Along with Oscars for “Philadelphia” (1993) and “Forrest Gump” (1994), Hanks has three other Academy Award nominations — for “Big” (1988), “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) and “Cast Away” (2000).
Thompson won an Oscar in 1996 for the screenplay for “Sense and Sensibility,” and was nominated the same year for her lead role in the movie. She also won an Academy Award for her lead performance in “Howards End” (1992) and received two acting nominations in 1994 — for lead actress for “Remains of the Day” and for her supporting role in “In the Name of the Father.”