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Disney’s D23 Expo “Saving Mr. Banks” Update

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The story behind Disney’s “Mary Poppins” movie will be told in the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures movie “Saving Mr. Banks.” The movie stars the following actors:
Tom Hanks as Walt Disney
Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers
Colin Farrell as Travers’ father Goff
Ruth Wilson as Goff’s wife Margaret
Rachel Criffiths as Margaret’s sister, Aut Ellie (who inspired the character Mary Poppins)
Annie Buckley as Travers’ younger self
Bradley Whitford as screenwriter Don DaGradi
Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak as the Sherman Brothers
Paul Giamatti as Ralph the limo driver
Kathy Baker as Tommie an  of Walt Disney
Here’s a description of the movie:
“When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ ‘Mary Poppins,’ he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.”

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