Schwartzman, Giamatti Are “Saving Mr. Banks”

Jason Schwartzman, Paul Giamatti, and Ruth Wilson have all signed on for John Lee Hancock’s “Saving Mr. Banks” at Disney Pictures reports Variety.

Kelly Marcel’s script deals with the 14 year courtship by Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) to persuade Australian author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to sell him the film rights to her book “Mary Poppins”.

Travers’ book was highly personal, and reflected hardships in her own life and her relationship with her father who died when she was seven and living in rural Queensland. Disney finally persuaded her to let him make the film, though she was prickly all the way to the end.

Schwartzman will portray Richard Morton Sherman, a songwriter who penned a number of tunes for Disney films including ‘Poppins’. Giamatti will play Travers’ chauffeur Ralph, while Wilson and Colin Farrell will play Travers’ parents.

Shooting kicks off this Fall in Los Angeles.