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Greyhound star Tom Hanks in talks to play Geppetto in Disney’s ‘Pinocchio’

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LOS ANGELES: Actor Tom Hanks is presently in negotiations with Disney to take on the role of Geppetto in the studio’s upcoming live-action remake of “Pinocchio“. Robert Zemeckis had previously worked with Tom Hanks on critically-acclaimed features such as “Forrest Gump”, “Cast Away” and “Polar Express”, is ready to helm the project.

According to Deadline, Tom Hanks has reached out to Zemeckis to let him know he wants to do the film after the veteran star read the script. Chris Weitz has written the script with Zemeckis. The writer will also produce the film with Andrew Miano through their company Depth of Field.

Disney’s original film, which released in 1940, was based on the 1883 Italian children’s novel “The Adventures of Pinocchio” by Carlo Collodi.

The animated feature centres on a wood-carver named Geppetto who carves a wooden puppet brought to life by a fairy and told him that he will become a real boy if he proves himself to be “brave, truthful, and unselfish”.

The upcoming project is the latest in a long line of Disney’s live-action remakes of its animated movies such as “Aladdin”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King”. 64-year-old Hanks is currently working on Warner Bros’ “Elvis Presley” biopic, which had to halt production after he and his wife, Rita Wilson, were down with coronavirus.

The couple has since recovered and the studio is looking to start production again in the fall in Australia. Tom Hanks recently starred as commander in the World War II combat drama “Greyhound”, which premiered on Apple TV Plus in July.

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