The drama takes you inside the film's creative process, as Walt Disney (played by Tom Hanks), desperately attempts to mount a production of the movie, while P.L. Travers (played by Emma Thompson), the notoriously protective author behind the original book, seeks to make sure her novel isn't ruined in the transition.
"Saving Mr. Banks" opens in theatres on December 20, 2013.
Gallery | Big Movie Stars and Their Small Indie Starts
- George Clooney - ‘Return to Horror High’ (1987)
While many of us were first introduced to Mr. Clooney on“E/R," his first film role was in the horror comedy “Return to Horror High.” In the film, Clooney is an actor playing a local cop in the movie being made about recent high school killings. But when he walks off set to snoop around the school hallways, he gets murdered (of course). Earlier, one of the actresses asks his character, “Gonna be a star, Oliver?” to which he responds “Gonna try.” Well who woulda known?!
- Jennifer Aniston - ‘Leprechaun’ (1993)
One year before America’s romcom sweetheart made her debut in “Friends,” and then went on to star in Hollywood movies, she screamed her way through a horror film. The first of the “Leprechaun” movies, which follow an evil leprechaun hunting down his stolen treasure and killing anyone in the way, features a young Aniston who moves into the house the evil creature is trapped in. We all have to start somewhere...
- Ryan Gosling - ‘The Believer’ (2001)
Hey girl, did you know Ryan Gosling started out in indies? That’s right -- this Mickey Mouse Club heartthrob danced his way across a ton of TV shows, but had his first major film role in “The Believer,” where he played a jewish-boy-turned-neo-Nazi. The 2001 film went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. In fact, Gosling is an indie favorite, having starred in “Half Nelson,” “The United States of Leland,” “Lars and the Real Girl,” and of course “Drive” (yep, that’s an indie too).
- Carey Mulligan - ‘When Did You Last See Your Father?” (2007)
Carey Mulligan has become one of Hollywood’s favorite pretty faces in the last few years. Before our latest Daisy Buchanan stripped in “Shame,” sulked in “Drive,” and got nominated for an Oscar in “An Education,” she had a small part in the British memoir “When Did You Last See Your Father?” In the film, starring Jim Broadbent and Colin Firth as father and son, Mulligan played a young girl who preferred Broadbent over his son. (We know she had a tiny part in 2005’s “Pride and Prejudice, but shh that doesn’t count).
- Ben Affleck - ‘Dazed and Confused’ (1993)
Our latest Oscar winning director made his big screen debut in an indie favorite, Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused.” Affleck played Fred O’Bannion, the high school bully we all hate, who chases down a poor freshman to give him an awful beating. One thing this movie told us about Ben Affleck as an actor: he likes to swear -- a lot.
- Matthew McConaughey - ‘Dazed and Confused’ (1993)
Matthew McConaughey also got his start in “Dazed and Confused” as David Wooderson, a cocky older guy who loves himself some young high school freshmen. Here, McConaughey established himself as the sly charmer he’s become famous for, but you’ll have to excuse his hair (and his one rolled-up sleeve).
- Ellen Page - ‘Hard Candy’ (2005)
Before we met Ellen Page as the quirky, pregnant Juno in the 2007 hit indie comedy, she had her first major role in a much, much darker film. “Hardy Candy” follows a young Page as Haley, a 14-year-old who meets Jeff, a man she chats with online in order to expose him as a pedophile. The dark thriller was quite controversial for its violence -- Haley drugs and tortures Jeff, including a faked castration -- but definitely brought attention to the edgy young actress.
- Guy Pearce - 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' (1994)
You may think Guy Pearce’s first film was 1997’s “L.A. Confidential,” but the Australian actor was working way before that in his home country. After making a name for himself on several Australian soap operas, Pearce made his big screen debut in the most fabulous way imaginable -- as a drag queen. In the 1994 comedy “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” Pearce played Adam Whitley, a.k.a. Felicia Jollygoodfellow, alongside Hugo Weaving a transgender woman, and Terence Stamp as another drag queen. The movie went on to become a musical that eventually came to Broadway and also inspired the very similar 1995 American film “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.”
- Johnny Depp - ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ (1984)
Long before he sailed the seas, Johnny Depp was your average teenager who accidentally fell asleep... and thus got killed by Freddy Krueger. His Glen in Wes Craven’s classic slasher film (yep, it was an indie) was Depp’s first on-screen role. Sadly, he got pulled down into his bed by Krueger and spat up as a giant geyser of blood. Who knew the hopeless victim would become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars?
- Vince Vaughn - ‘Swingers’ (1996)
Funny man Vince Vaughn had us laughing way before “Old School” and Dodgeball” -- and with a much smaller budget (a meager $200,000, to be exact). Vaughn’s first lead role -- and one of his funniest to date -- was as the obnoxious Trent Walker who takes his best friend Mike (Jon Favreau) to Vegas in "Swingers."
- Ewan McGregor - ‘Shallow Grave’ (1994)
Before he played a young Obi-Wan or belted out Elton John in “Moulin Rouge,” McGregor was making a name for himself alongside British director Danny Boyle. McGregor had his first major role in Boyle’s debut film, “Shallow Grave,” about a group of friends who find their new roommate dead, but loaded with cash. His role won him an Empire Award and a couple years later he won his second for “Trainspotting,” another one of Boyle’s indie hits.
- Jesse Eisenberg - ‘The Squid and the Whale’ (2005)
Although we got our first (brief) glimpse of Jesse Eisenberg in M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Village,” his first major role was in Noah Baumbach’s “The Squid and the Whale.” In the heartfelt comedy-drama, Eisenberg plays a son dealing with the divorce of his parents (played by Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels). Who knew the skinny pale kid would blow up in just a few years and eventually earn an Oscar nom portraying Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network."