Variety reports that Tom Hanks is in "early talks" to play the role of Geppetto in Disney’s upcoming live-action version of Pinocchio. Based on the 1940 animated film, Pinocchio tells the story of a wooden puppet who wishes to become a real boy after being created by Geppetto, an elderly man who turns into his father figure.
While it's still premature to assume anything, the decision to gauge Hanks' interest for the role of Geppetto is a wise one for Disney. After nearly four decades in the movie industry, the two-time Oscar winner is a widely respected actor in the business who has been considered America's Dad by those who admire his work and personality. Paul King is being tasked with the directorial duties. King’s previous work behind the camera includes Paddington and Paddington 2.
Whether you agree with the decision or not, Disney is going all in next year on these live-action remakes of the animated features that defined your childhood. Dumbo will be released in March followed by Aladdin two months later, and finally, The Lion King hits theaters in June. The studio’s previous live-action movie, Beauty and the Beast, was a huge box office success, making $1.2 billion worldwide.
Following a quiet 2018, Hanks is going to embark on a busy 2019 with three films dropping with the most notable being Toy Story 4, where he will reprise his role as the voice of Woody. He will also star in the currently untitled project based on the life of Mr. Rogers, slated for an October 2019 release.