Auditions and extras casting for Walt Disney Pictures feature film ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

Walt Casting Saving Mr. Banks
Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” will shoot in Los Angeles and Australia.

The true story behind the 1964 Walt Disney Productions musical film Mary Poppins is being made into a modern behind-the-scenes movie titled “Saving Mr. Banks”. Walt Disney Pictures will begin shooting September 24, 2012 in Los Angeles. Casting for supporting and day player roles has been ongoing. Extras will be hired in Los Angeles throughout filming, which is taking place from September 20, 2012 through November 27, 2012. Additional filming will take place in Maryborough, Australia.

“Saving Mr. Banks” tells the story of Australian-born novelist, actress and journalist P.L. Travers, who wrote the novel Mary Poppins in 1934. The film will alternate between Travers’ Australian childhood in 1907, and 1961 when she negotiated with Walt Disney for making the film version of Mary Poppins. Two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson will play the reluctant P.L. Travers; two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks stars as Walt Disney; Golden Globe winner Colin Farrell will portray Travers’ alcoholic father who died when she was 7 years old.

The main story of this film is of Pamela Lyndon Travers’ childhood, in rural Queensland. Living in a small country town with a depressed mother and an alcoholic father, Pamela used her vivid imagination to create a richer, more welcoming environment for herself. From the characters of her childhood, and the worlds she invented, Pamela eventually created Mary Poppins, a character who has given pleasure to generations of readers and film-goers, adults and children alike.

John Lee Hancock is “Saving Mr. Banks” from a screenplay written by one of the film’s producers, Ian Collie, with rewrites by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Hancock directed the Academy Award winning film “The Blind Side” starring Sandra Bullock, and wrote the screenplay for “Snow White and the Huntsman” starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron. He also directed Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Rookie” starring Dennis Quaid.

In addition to Walt Disney Pictures, Ruby Films (run by Alison Owen and Paul Trijbits) will produce “Saving Mr. Banks”. Ruby Films is one of the UK’s leading independent production companies. Ian Collie will also produce under the banner of his Australian production company Essential Media & Entertainment. Troy Lum and Andrew Mason of Hopscotch Features will executive produce.

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of California and in the United States, as well as Queensland, Australia.

The following information and documents may be needed for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Los Angeles and the United States:

• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• California Child Actor Permit Application
• California Minors Summary Chart
• Child Actor Coogan Trust Deposit Instructions
• California Division of Labor Standards Offices
• Immigration Work Permit Information
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application

In addition to the following Los Angeles Actors Resources:

• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Los Angeles Casting Directors List
• Los Angeles Extras Casting Directors List
• Los Angeles Talent Agents List
• General Talent Agent Information
• Los Angeles Acting Classes List
• Acting Classes for Young Actors in Los Angeles
• Los Angeles Headshot Photographers List
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous Los Angeles Resources
• Actors Unions
• PDF Users Guides

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Ronna Kress Casting
333 S. Beverly Drive
Suite 109
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Australia: TBA

Extras Casting

The extras and stand-ins will be cast beginning in September. Do not contact the extras casting offices. Extras open casting calls and registration information will be posted here as soon as the extras casting process begins.

Los Angeles:

Rich King Casting
Cross Roads Of The World
6671 W. Sunset Blvd.
Suite 1597
Los Angeles, CA 90028-7170

Australia: TBA

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Walt Disney Pictures
500 S Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

Fly a Kite Productions
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Mail Code 7265
Burbank, CA 91521

Ruby Films
26 Lloyd Baker Street
London WC1X 9AW

Essential Media & Entertainment
Level 2 6a Nelson Street
Sydney, NSW 2038

BBC Films
Room 6023
BBC Television Centre
Wood Lane, London W12 7RJ

Hopscotch Features
28-30 Queen Street
Sydney, NSW 2008

Producers: Paul Trijbits, Troy Lum, Andrew Mason, Alison Owen, Ian Collie

Director: John Lee Hancock


Emma Thompson – P.L. Travers
Tom Hanks – Walt Disney
Colin Farrell – Travers Robert Goff
Jason Schwartzman – Richard Sherman
B.J. Novak – Robert Sherman
Paul Giamatti – P.L. Travers’ chauffeur


The film centers on the creator of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson). The story shifts back and forth between 1961 and 1907, framing Travers by her childhood in rural Queensland and her experience negotiating with Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and his team for the film of Mary Poppins. Travers’ father (Colin Farrell) was a banker who slowly slid into alcoholism as the family fell into financial hardship. Travers looked up to her father, and the breaking of his spirit had an effect on her writing. She was extremely reluctant to sell Disney the rights to make Mary Poppins into a movie, mainly because the story was highly personal, and reflected hardships in her own life and her relationship with her father. Although the movie made her a very wealthy woman, she disliked the animated sequences and other aspects of the film so much that she refused to sell any of her other works to Disney for the rest of her life.

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