Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman And Ruth Wilson Join Tom Hanks In Saving Mr. Banks
John Lee Hancock, who last directed the Oscar winning film The Blind Side in 2009, has already hit the jackpot in casting his next project. Titled Saving Mr. Banks, the film will tell the behind the scenes story of the struggle between Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers during the making of Mary Poppins, a project that Travers notoriously hated. Hancock has already roped in Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson to play his leads, and has Colin Farrell playing Travers' father in flashback sequences, already giving the movie some serious credibility, but now three more names have been added that only make it more exciting.
According to Variety, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman and Ruth Wilson have all signed on for parts in the drama. The script has been written by Kelly Marcel, one of the creators of the Fox television series Terra Nova, and will center on the 14 year period when Disney tried to get the Australian author to sell him the rights to her most famous book. When the film was finally made, Marcel particularly disliked the choice of animated sequences in the movie and for the rest of her life refused to sell Disney any more rights to her works. Wilson will be play Farrell's wife and Thompson's mother in the flashback sequences; Giamatti will portray Travers' chauffeur, Ralph; and Schwartzman will be Richard Morton Sherman, who famously wrote the music for Mary Poppinsas well as other Disney classics such as The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
While Wilson is a relative newcomer, she will be playing Princess Betsy in Joe Wright's upcoming adaptation of Anna Karenina and also has a role alongside Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger. Giamatti last appeared in Adam Shankman's Rock of Ages and will appear next in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis. Schwartzman kicked off the summer movie season right with Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom and his next project, Roman Coppola's A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, is expected to be out later this year.
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