Disney’s making a movie about Walt Disney, and who better than Tom Hanks to play him? Deadline reports that talks are heating up for Hanks to star in Saving Mr. Banks (wait, Mr. Joe Banks?), which would chronicle Disney’s fourteen-year pitch to prickly author P.L. Travers to let him make a movie out of her book Mary Poppins. Though she eventually relented, Travers was so put off by the movie’s animated sequences that she never forgave Disney. (We’ll see if the studio includes that tidbit.) Emma Thompson may star as Travers and The Blind Side helmer John Lee Hancock plans to direct the film this year, so Mr. Banks is fast turning into a very big name.
Tom Hanks at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/2011 Getty Images