Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson try to bring Mary Poppins to life in Saving Mr Banks – first trailer

Hanks and Thompson star as Walt Disney and PL Travers in the new film

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The previously untold story of Mary Poppins’ rocky road to the cinema screen is set to be shared with the world in new film Saving Mr Banks.

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Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks focuses on the life of Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers (Thompson), with the action flitting between her Australian childhood in the early 1900s and the making of the Mary Poppins film in the 1960s. Relations between Travers and Walt Disney (Hanks) were infamously troublesome – it took Walt Disney 20 years to persuade the author that he could do Mary Poppins, Bert and the Banks justice.

Directed by John Lee Hancock and adapted by Fifty Shades of Grey screenwriter Kelly Marcel, Saving Mr Banks also stars Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Rachel Griffiths and Luther’s Ruth Wilson.

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Saving Mr Banks will be in UK cinemas 17 January 2014.