Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks" premiered last night to at AFI Fest to glowing reviews, solidifying its spot in the upcoming Oscar race.
Held at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre, the very same theatre where the original 1964 musical film, "Mary Poppins" premiered 50 years ago, director John Lee Hancock said last night:
My life just keeps folding around. Just like in Mary Poppins, it seems what happened has happened before. Fifty years ago there was a premiere here for Mary Poppins. About a year ago we were here filming the re-creation of that premiere, and now here we are again, so it all just feels right.”
The film stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P. L. Travers, the Australian author of the classic children’s tale "Mary Poppins". Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson and Australian actress Rachel Griffiths also feature.
Inspired by true events, "Saving Mr Banks" is the extraordinary, untold story of how the classic ‘Mary Poppins’ made it to the screen - and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it.
The film is set to be in US theatres 13 December, and in Australia 26 December.