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Entertainment Tom Hanks in talks to play Geppetto in live-action Pinocchio

12:26  06 august  2020
12:26  06 august  2020 Source:   covermg.com

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Tom Hanks is in early talks to play the fatherly figure Geppetto in Disney’s live - action adaptation of its classic animated tale “ Pinocchio .” Geppetto is the puppeteer who created Pinocchio and eventually becomes the fatherly figure he always wanted. The casting would push forward yet another

Pinocchio is part of a long list of upcoming Disney live - action remakes, including Aladdin, The Lion King, and 2020’s Mulan. Collider first reported Hanks ’ potential involvement in Pinocchio . The actor is currently filming Marielle Heller’s upcoming film about Mr. Rogers, and he’ll next lend his voice to

Tom Hanks wearing glasses and smiling at the camera © Dave Starbuck/Geisler-Fotopress/picture-alliance/Cover Images

Tom Hanks is in early negotiations to play Geppetto in Disney and director Robert Zemeckis' live-action Pinocchio remake.

The Oscar-winning actor was originally approached by Disney bosses to play the woodcarver, whose wish brings the titular wooden puppet to life, when Paul King was attached to direct, but he declined the role.

However, Hanks reached out to Zemeckis after reading the script, and let the filmmaker know that he was interested in the movie, according to Deadline.

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Tom Hanks is the man. Not only is he going to be Mister Rogers, but I just saw he’s also going to be Geppetto in a live action Pinocchio movie for Disney. What do you think?

Disney has been making several live - action versions of their classic animated films. Recently in an interview, Tom Hanks said he would love to play the role

The duo have a long-standing working relationship, after they both won Oscars for their work on 1994 comedy drama Forrest Gump, before reuniting on Cast Away in 2000, and animated Christmas adventure The Polar Express in 2004.

Zemeckis will direct Pinocchio, with Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz producing, and Weitz and Zemeckis penning the script.

The Disney animated classic, which was released in 1940, tells the tale of a wooden puppet who, with the help of tenacious insect Jiminy Cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to the Blue Fairy in order to become a real boy.

Next up for Hanks will be Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic, in which the actor will portray the music icon's manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

The 64-year-old was in Australia preparing for the shoot in March, when he and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for Covid-19, and after production was shut down, filming is now scheduled to resume this autumn.

Cate Blanchett among all-star cast for Pinocchio .
An all-star cast, including Cate Blanchett and Christoph Waltz, has been announced for Guillermo del Toro's Netflix adaptation of 'Pinocchio'.The trio have all joined the Netflix project, alongside Ewan McGregor as Jiminy Cricket, 'Harry Potter' actor David Bradley as Geppetto and newcomer Gregory Mann playing Pinocchio in the stop-motion adaptation of the classic story.

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