Tom Hanks And Emma Thompson In Talks To Star In Film About Mary Poppins
It’s not a Mary Poppins remake or sequel or reboot. Given the reaction we got from many readers the last time we shared news about this project, I thought that should be said upfront. Based on a “Black List” script by Kelly Marcel, Saving Mr. Banks will tell the story of how Walt Disney obtained the movie rights to Mary Poppins from the story’s author P.L. Travers. Apparently, this was no easy feat, and took fourteen years for Disney to accomplish.
Back in February, we learned that Tom Hanks was rumored to be up for the role of Walt Disney in the picture, and Meryl Streep was a possibility for the role of Travers. Variety posted an update today, stating that Tom Hanks is in talks to play Disney, while Emma Thompson is negotiating to play the part of Travers. While it would have been great to see Streep starring opposite Hanks in just about anything, Thompson’s certainly a solid alternative. And it’ll be very interesting to see Hanks’ take on Disney, assuming things work out, and he’s officially brought on board to star.
The Disney project is set to be directed by John Lee Hancock. In addition to helming The Rookie and The Blindside, Hancock’s also among those credited for penning the screenplay for the upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman.
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