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WATCH TRAILER: In 'Saving Mr. Banks,' Hanks as Disney Courts Thompson as 'Mary Poppins' Scribe UPDATE

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! July 11, 2013 at 2:02PM

The first trailer from director John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks" starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson has arrived. In the film, Hanks plays Walt Disney, who brings author P.L. Travers, played by Thompson, from London to Hollywood in the early 1960s to adapt her novel "Mary Poppins" for the screen.
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Saving Mr. Banks

The first trailer from director John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks" starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson has arrived. In the film, Hanks plays studio chief Walt Disney, who brings uptight and controlling Brit author P.L. Travers, played by Thompson, from London to Hollywood in the early 1960s as the studio tries to adapt her bestselling children's novel "Mary Poppins" for the screen. 

The biopic, which is penned by Kelly Marcel (the "Fifty Shades of Grey" scribe who is also on board for Joe Wright's "Little Mermaid" adaptation), also stars Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell and Jason Schwartzman.

Early buzz on the film is upbeat. Disney has set its release date for prime Oscar season: December 13 limited, and December 20 wide.

In that vein, Hancock is the writer-director of "The Blind Side," which won Sandra Bullock an Oscar for Best Actress in 2010. Hanks can also be seen this fall in another award-season entry, Paul Greengrass' maritime thriller "Captain Phillips."



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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.