Disney has released the first clip and two featurettes for John Lee Hancock‘s Saving Mr. Banks. The story focuses on Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins and the rocky relationship that formed between the two. Judging by the brief clip, which centers on the first meeting between Disney and Travers, the two lead actors look like they’ll have some good chemistry. As for the featurettes, one explains the appeal of the story, and the other celebrates Thompson’s performance. The latter is a bit confusing since everyone is praising the complexity of the character and the depth of Thompson’s performance, but all we’re seeing is a prim-and-proper fish-out-of-water. At the end of the featurette, we get a glimpse of the dramatic side, but I’m worried these moments will feel forced in the movie. My current prediction is that Hancock has created a nice picture that will invite backlash if it picks up any awards steam.
Hit the jump to check out the clip and featurettes. The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, and Colin Farrell. Saving Mr. Banks will premiere at AFI Fest in November and opens in theaters on December 20th.