They have yet to sign on the dotted line, but it appears that Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of “Pinocchio” may have Tom Hanks in the role of Geppetto.
Variety reports that Hanks, a two-time Academy Award winner and five-time nominee for Best Actor, is in early talks for the role. Hanks picked up Oscars in 1994 for “Philadelphia” and 1995 for “Forrest Gump.”
“’Paddington’s’ Paul King is directing. Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz are producing. King, Weitz and Simon Farnaby wrote the most recent draft,” Variety notes.
Geppetto, of course, is the puppeteer and father figure behind the young Pinocchio.
“The casting would push forward yet another live-action reboot of a Disney classic,” Variety notes. “The studio’s feature film strategy has been working at the box office, as its live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ made $1.2 billion worldwide in 2017 and ‘The Jungle Book’ grossed $966.5 million worldwide in 2016. Next year, Disney plans on releasing three live-action takes: ‘Dumbo,’ which bows in March; ‘Aladdin,’ which opens in May; and ‘The Lion King,’ which opens in June.”