|Walt Disney (left) and Tom Hanks (right)|
After reading a short summary about the movie, it looks like the plot will be based around the author of the Mary Poppins children's book, P.L. Travers:
"The film centers on the life of Travers, shifting between 1907 with her childhood in Queensland, Australia, the negotiations with Walt Disney and the making of Mary Poppins in the 1960s. While in California for filming, Travers thinks back to her difficult childhood in Australia, most especially to her father, the inspiration for the role of the story’s patriarch, Mr. Banks." -Source
As previously mentioned, Tom Hanks will be playing Walt Disney. Hanks prepared for his role by visiting The Walt Disney Family Museum and interviewing some of Disney's relatives such as his daughter, Diane Disney Miller. Emma Thompson is going to be P.L. Travers, Colin Farrell will be Robert Goff Travers, and Paul Giamatti is going to be Travers' chauffer, Ralph.
I remember reading about the production of Mary Poppins and remember it wasn't an easy one for Disney. P.L. Travers was hesitant to give him the rights to make a movie and was worried they would ruin the book. However, Disney insisted and managed to strike up a deal. After the movie was finished, Travers wanted to change some parts of the production. Disney just looked at her and told her that all the rights to the movie belonged to him once the film had been finished, and there was no going back.
I've always wondered who would be a good Walt, and I'm curious to see how Hanks is going to pull it off. He obviously has some resemblance physically, but the acting is going to have to speak for itself in order to pull it off. It will be curious to see what happens.
Saving Mr. Banks comes out in theaters December 2013.