The first image(s) of Tom Hanks as Walt Disney have arrived online via Twitter user Melissa Farley and Imagineering Disney who snapped the pics at Disneyland where filming is taking place on Saving Mr. Banks, a behind-the-scenes drama about the making of Mary Poppins. The movie marks director John Lee Hancock's follow-up to the surprise hit The Blind Side, which sort of blindsided everyone when it quietly inched its way into awards season with multiple Oscar nods and a win for Sandra Bullock in the Best Actress category.
Hanks, who looks more like a slightly overweight version of Tom Hanks with a mustache than Walt Disney, will star in the film alongside Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson, Paul Giamatti and Jason Schwartzman. Due out on December 20, 2013, the film will apparently track author P.L. Travers' (Thompson) life story, from her childhood in Australia to her infamous negotiations with Disney. The latter tried for years to adapt Poppins as a promise to his two daughters, but Travers was always against it because she deemed it too personal -- eventually allowing the movie to go forward, though she was later so angered by its animated portions she refused to allow any other adaptations of her stories.
This will mark the first time Walt Disney has ever been portrayed in a dramatic film, and one look at the release date tells us they'll be positioning this for awards come next year. While Hanks may not resemble Disney much here (the second image more than the first), keep in mind a whole lot more goes into creating a character than a couple of Twitter pics. We look forward to seeing what's to come. [via Cartoon Brew, Imagineering Disney]