Colin Farrell is looking to join a Disney feature. Deadline reports that the actor is in talks to join the cast of director John Lee Hancock’s (The Blind Side) period drama Saving Mr. Banks. The Mouse House pic stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and tells the true story of the visionary’s 14-year courtship of Australian author P.L. Travers for the rights to the Mary Poppins character. Emma Thompson plays Travers, who was wary to sell the rights to the studio as the Mary Poppins story was highly personal and reflected hardships in her own life as well as her relationship with her father. Farrell is in negotiations to play the character of Travers’ father who died when the author was 7 years old, so it’s safe to assume that the structure of Saving Mr. Banks will include flashbacks.
Farrell is on a roll as of late, as he recently wrapped a star-studded reunion with In Bruges director Martin McDonagh on Seven Psychopaths opposite Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken. He’ll be seen later this summer in the Total Recall reboot, he’s currently filming the crime drama Dead Man Down alongside Noomi Rapace, and he may lead the supernatural drama Winter’s Tale.