Tom Hanks films to open, close London Film Festival

Actor Tom Hanks attends the 67th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2013, in New York. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

The London Film Festival is getting a double dose of Tom Hanks.

Organizers announced Thursday that the festival will close on Oct. 20 with "Saving Mr. Banks," which stars Hanks as movie mogul Walt Disney.

Hanks also plays the lead role in the piracy thriller "Captain Phillips," which is opening the festival.

Based on real events, "Saving Mr. Banks" tells the story of the fraught page-to-screen journey of children's classic "Mary Poppins." Hanks plays the American moviemaker, with Emma Thompson as the book's apprehensive British author, P.L. Travers.

Festival director Clare Stewart said the movie, directed by John Lee Hancock, is "a magical ode to the brilliance and volatility of the two very different creative forces behind the making of 'Mary Poppins,' with Emma Thompson superb as the protective author P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks in charming form as Walt Disney."

The 57th London Film Festival runs Oct. 9-20.


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