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Â Â Â Â Â Â Two-time Academy AwardÂź-winner Tom Hanks (âPhiladelphia,â âForrest Gumpâ) will essay the role of the legendary Disney (the first time the entrepreneur has ever been depicted in a dramatic film) alongside fellow double OscarÂź-winner Emma Thompson (âHowardâs End,â âSense and Sensibilityâ) in the role of the prickly novelist.Â Before actually signing away the bookâs rights, Traversâ demands for contractual script and character control circumvent not only Disneyâs vision for the film adaptation, but also those of the creative team of screenwriter Don DaGradi and sibling composers Richard and Robert Sherman, whose original score and song (Chim-Chim-Cher-ee) would go on to win OscarsÂź at the 1965 ceremonies (the film won five awards of its thirteen nominations).
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â When Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Disneyâs desire to bring her beloved character to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresarioâs concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past.Â During her stay in California, Traversâ reflects back on her childhood in 1906 Australia, a trying time for her family which not only molded her aspirations to write, but one that also inspired the characters in her 1934 book.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â None more so than the one person whom she loved and admired more than any otherâher caring father, Travers Goff, a tormented banker who, before his untimely death that same year, instills the youngster with both affection and enlightenment (and would be the muse for the storyâs patriarch, Mr. Banks, the sole character that the famous nanny comes to aide).Â While reluctant to grant Disney the film rights, Travers comes to realize that the acclaimed Hollywood storyteller has his own motives for wanting to make the filmâwhich, like the author, hints at the relationship he shared with his own father in the early 20th Century Midwest.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Colin Farrell (âMinority Report,â âTotal Recallâ) co-stars as Traversâ doting dad, Goff, along with British actress Ruth Wilson (the forthcoming films âThe Lone Rangerâ and âAnna Kareninaâ) as his long-suffering wife, Margaret; OscarÂź and EmmyÂź nominee Rachel Griffiths (âSix Feet Under,â âHilary and Jackie,â âThe Rookieâ) as Margaretâs sister, Aunt Ellie (who inspired the title character of Traversâ novel); and a screen newcomerâ11-year-old Aussie native Annie Buckley as the young, blossoming writer, nicknamed âGintyâ in the flashback sequences.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The cast also includes EmmyÂź winner Bradley Whitford (âThe West Wing,â âThe Cabin in the Woodsâ) as screenwriter Don DaGradi; Jason Schwartzman (âRushmore,â âMoonrise Kingdomâ) and B.J. Novak (âNBCâs âThe Office,â âInglourious Basterdsâ) as the songwriting Sherman Brothers (Richard and Robert, respectively); OscarÂź nominee and Emmy winner Paul Giamatti (âSideways,â âCinderella Man,â HBOâs âJohn Adamsâ) as Ralph, the kindly limousine driver who escorts Travers during her two-week stay in Hollywood; and multi-Emmy winner Kathy Baker (âPicket Fences,â âEdward Scissorhandsâ) as Tommie, one of Disneyâs trusted studio associates.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â âSaving Mr. Banksâ will be directed by John Lee Hancock (âThe Blind Side,â âThe Rookieâ) based on a screenplay by Kelly Marcel (creator of FOX-TVâs âTerra Novaâ), from a story by Sue Smith (âBrides of Christ,â âBastard Boysâ) and Kelly Marcel.Â The film is being produced by Alison Owen of Ruby Films (the OscarÂź-nominated âElizabeth,â HBOâs EmmyÂź-winning âTemple Grandinâ), Ian Collie of Essential Media (the Aussie TV documentary âThe Shadow of Mary Poppins,â DirecTVâs âRakeâ) and longtime Hancock collaborator Philip Steuer (âThe Rookie,â âThe Chronicles of Narniaâ trilogy).Â The filmâs executive producers are Ruby Filmsâ Paul Trijbits (âLay the Favorite,â âJane Eyreâ), Hopscotch Featuresâ Andrew Mason (âThe Matrixâ trilogy, âDark Cityâ) and Troy Lum (âMaoâs Last Dancer,â âI, Frankensteinâ) and BBC Filmsâ Christine Langan (OscarÂź nominee for âThe Queen,â âWe Need to Talk About Kevinâ).
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Hancockâs filmmaking team includes a trio of artists with whom he worked on his 2009 Best Picture OscarÂź nominee, âThe Blind Sideââtwo-time OscarÂź nominated production designer Michael Corenblith (âHow The Grinch Stole Christmas,â âApollo 13â), EmmyÂź-winning costume designer Daniel Orlandi (HBOâs âGame Change,â âFrost/Nixonâ) and film editor Mark Livolsi, A.C.E. (âWedding Crashersâ âThe Devil Wears Pradaâ).Â Hancock also reunites with Academy AwardÂź-nominated cinematographer John Schwartzman (âSeabiscuit,â âPearl Harborâ), with whom he first worked on his inspiring 2002 sports drama, âThe Rookie.â
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â âSaving Mr. Banksâ will film entirely in the Los Angeles area, with key locations to include Disneyland in Anaheim and the Disney Studios in Burbank.Â Filming will conclude around Thanksgiving, 2012, with no specific 2013 release date yet set.
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