Disney’s ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ to Premiere at AFI Fest in November

There’s early award-season buzz about Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks and the movie is making its North American premiere at the AFI Fest on November 7 in Los Angeles.

The film which stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, tells the true story of how Disney struggled to bring Mary Poppins to the big screen and his testy relationship with author P. L. Travers who didn’t want an adaptation of her book made into a movie. Travers is played by Emma Thompson.

The early buzz about the movie has some talking Oscar nominations for Hanks, Thompson, and for the film itself.

There’s a special Hollywood twist with the premiere, which is taking place at the Chinese Theater. Mary Poppins had its premiere at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood in 1964, and now the movie about making that movie is premiering at the same location. Now that’s movie magic.

Saving Mr. Banks is directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), and also stars Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, and Jason Schwartzman. It opens in limited release on December 13 and will open nationwide on December 20.