Colin Farrell Joining Mary Poppins-Centric Saga 'Saving Mr. Banks'
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are already set to star in Saving Mr. Banks, the first film from director John Lee Hancock since his film The Blind Side landed a Best Picture nomination a few years back. The film is said to chronicle the behind-the-scenes story of how Walt Disney himself snagged the rights to the book on which the classic Mary Poppins is based. Hanks is playing Walt Disney himself while Thompson is playing author P.L. Travers. Now Deadline has word that Colin Farrell is joining the film as Travers father, the man who inspired the Mr. Banks charcter in the classic 1964 musical from the House of Mouse.
Farrell's career has been of great interest to me over the past few years. The actor has gone from the dark action comedy In Bruges to belting out country tunes on Crazy Heart and disappeared into a bald and fat supervisor in Horrible Bosses, not to mention a suave, killer vampire in Fright Night, and those are just my favorites of his recent performances. We'll next see him later this summer in the remake of Total Recall, and this new project just keeps his variety of roles intact. It'll be interesting to see what he brings to the film, especially with Hanks and Thompson in tow.