The story centers on Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), and shifts between her childhood days in early 1900s Queensland, and her experiences in the 1960s, negotiating with Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) for a big-screen adaptation of her books.
Colin Farrell will play the author's father, a banker who starts drinking heavily after going through some hard times financially. His hardships had a profound effect on her writing.
John Lee Hancock is directing from a screenplay by Kelly Marcel. Production is slated to begin this fall in Los Angeles.
Saving Mr. Banks was released December 13th, 2013 and stars Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, B.J. Novak. The film is directed by John Lee Hancock.