Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"Mr. Banks" rumored to include Meryl

There are a few articles out today that include rumors of Meryl being involved in the Walt Disney film Saving Mr. Banks. She would play Australian P.L. Travers, who wrote Mary Poppins and sold the rights to Walt Disney to make the movie (which she evidently disliked because of the lame animation sequences). Tom Hanks is mentioned for the role of Walt, although I feel it would be less of stretch for Mel Gibson, if you know what I mean. I don't think Tom has ever been in a film with Meryl before, so it would be a good matchup. Plus, Meryl would no doubt get to try her hand at an Australian accent again, which makes me think she would lean toward the role.

Disney hasn't even technically acquired the film, which has apparently taken fourteen years for this "black-listed" script to even get this close. I don't fully know what that means, but if Disney does get it, I hope it isn't too Disney-ish. Emphasis on the "ish." Don't get me wrong, I love Disney animation, but their live-action feature films are typically so fucking sugary they make me feel straight. Maybe they're taking it super seriously though with hopes of getting the likes of Hanks and Streep.

I don't take this news too seriously. I can recall info back in the day about Flora Plum, Dirty Tricks, First Man and several others that don't immediately come to mind. I even place August: Osage County in this category, even though we have some recent info on it that makes it seem more likely than any of the others, aside from Meryl herself saying she's doing Mommy & Me once Tina Fey is done with the script. Time will tell of course. Regardless, Saving Mr. Banks is an interesting concept and I look forward to hearing more in the near future. Stay tuned.

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