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HOLLYWOOD - A-list actor Tom Hanks is reportedly in talks to play the fatherly woodcarver, Geppetto, in Disney’s live-action adaptation of the classic 1940 animated film “Pinocchio,” according to Variety.
The famous children’s story centers on a wooden puppet created by Geppetto named Pinocchio. Pinocchio, whose tendency to lie causes his nose to grow longer, dreams of becoming a real boy.
Paul King is directing the movie, with Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz producing, Variety reported.
Hanks already has a busy 2019 ahead, with a number of projects already scheduled, including the World War II film “Greyhound,” another installment of “Toy Story” and the project he’s currently filming about Mr. Rogers.
Tom Hanks as Gepetto. Discuss. https://t.co/4Ru3oKj3rd— anamariabahiana (@anamariabahiana) November 29, 2018
Several recent Disney live-action reboots have proven successful for the studio, including “Beauty and the Beast” and “Jungle Book,” which grossed $1.2 billion and $966.5 million worldwide, respectively.