Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are in talks to star in "Saving Mr. Banks," an individual with knowledge of the negotiations told TheWrap.
The movie is a behind-the-scenes look at how Walt Disney was able to convince P.L. Travers to let his studio adapt "Mary Poppins" for the big screen. The result, of course, was an Oscar-winning film that made Julie Andrews a movie star and in many ways surpassed the fame of Travers' book. However, it was an enjoyable confection that Travers hated.
Hanks would play Disney, while Thompson is being eyed for Travers. John Lee Hancock ("The Blind Side") is attached to direct.
Hanks recently starred in the Oscar-nominated "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and directed and starred in "Larry Crowne," which was a box office disappointment.
He is set to star in "Cloud Atlas," an adaptation of David Mitchell's award-winning novel of the same name, and "Captain Phillips," an account of a Somali pirate hijacking.
Thompson's has appeared recently in supporting roles in the "Harry Potter" films and "An Education." This summer, she will co-star in "Men in Black III" and will provide voice work for Pixar's "Brave."