Tom Hanks In Talks To Play Geppetto In Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’
He has played Walt Disney and voiced Woody, Now Tom Hanks is returning to Disney to play another iconic character.
According to Collider, Hanks is in early talks to play the fatherly figure Geppetto in Disney’s live-action adaptation of its classic animated feature Pinocchio.
Paul King, who directed the critically acclaimed Paddington films is on board to direct, with Chris Weitz (Rogue One, Cinderella) writing the script. The film will be produced by Chris Weitz’s production company, Depth of Field, with Weitz and Andrew Miano producing.
Released in 1940, Pinocchio was the second animated movie made by Disney, after 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. It adapted the Italian story by Carlo Collodi about a wooden boy puppet crafted by an old carver named Geppetto. The boy is brought to life by a fairy who says he will become a real boy if he shows bravery. The character of Jiminy Cricket becomes his de facto conscience and tried to steer him in the right direction. What follows is a series of adventures that include Pinocchio being kidnapped to be part of a puppet show, getting turned into a donkey, and being swallowed by a whale.
Pinocchio currently has no release date as of yet.