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Jason Schwartzman and Paul Giamatti Cast in SAVING MR. BANKS

Jason Schwartzman, Paul Giamatti and Ruth Wilson have joined the cast of Disney's Saving Mr. Banks, the story behind Mary Poppin's.

The Blind Side director John Lee Hooker is directing the film, which also star Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, Colin Farrell, and Emma Thompson. The story follows Walt Disney (Hanks) as he attempts to convince British author P.L. Travers (Thompson) to sell him the rights to make her beloved Mary Poppins story into a the classic film we all know and love today. Farrell plays Travers' father, the man who inspired the character of Mr. Banks. Wilson will play the wife of Colin Farrell's character, Giamatti will play Travers' chauffeur Ralph, and Schwartzman will play Richard Morton Sherman, a songwriter who penned a number of tunes for Disney films, including Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and It's a Small World for the theme park attraction.

It took Disney 14 years to finally acquire the rights to Mary Poppins that was eventually portrayed by Julie Andrews. After opposing the film's animated sequences, Travers refused to sell Disney the rights to her other books.

This is such a great cast, and I've very interested in this story. A movie like this has Oscar nominations written all over it. What are your thoughts on the story, and the cast that they brought on to star iin so far?

 

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