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by Nigel M Smith
July 11, 2013 1:52 PM
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Watch: Tom Hanks Plays Walt Disney in the First Trailer for the 'Mary Poppins' Origin Tale 'Saving Mr. Banks'

Tom Hanks has not one, but two Oscar hopefuls opening this awards season, both boasting his meatiest roles since he played the titular Texas congressman in 2007's "Charlie Wilson's War."

First out of the gate on October 11th is Paul Greengrass' sure to be harrowing "Captain Phillips," in which Hanks plays Captain Richard Phillips, whose American cargo ship was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. And next up on December 13th, Hanks plays Walt Disney himself in the Mouse House's heart-warmer "Saving Mr. Banks," directed by "The Blind Side" helmer John Lee Hancock. The trailer for the latter just landed online today, via Moviefone.

Inspired by true events, the film tells the story of how "Mary Poppins" came to be the family classic it is today -- and the testy relationship Disney had with author P.L. Travers (a feisty Emma Thompson, said to be amazing in the film) that almost derailed it. Watch the trailer below and go here for our 2014 Oscar Predictions where "Saving Mr. Banks" is listed as a surefire Oscar nominee for Best Picture.

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  • Calico | July 18, 2013 11:26 PMReply

    Mr. Hanks Performance on the trailer is a train wreck waiting to happen. He has "none" of the Disney mannerism nor passion you would see if a actor would do his homework and truly connect with the person he is portraying. But he most likely will be nominated because that is what Hollywood is now. When will people wake up and cast out these actors who feel entitled to play a part rather than earn it?

  • robm | July 11, 2013 8:16 PMReply

    How great. Love Emma. Great to see Rachel Griffith on the big screen again even if only in a supporting role as the real Mary Poppins.

  • Salty Bill | July 11, 2013 3:36 PMReply

    What great casting! I've always felt Emma Thompson had a lot of Julie Andrews in her, so her presence is most appropriate.