Tom Hanks In Talks to Portray Geppetto in Live-Action “Pinocchio”
Actor Tom Hanks may be portraying Geppetto in Disney’s live-action Pinocchio. It seems as if Hanks has expressed his interest in the role to director Robert Zemeckis after reviewing the movie’s script. This would not be the first time Hanks and Zemeckis would work together. Previously, they both worked on Forest Gump, The Polar Express, and Castaway, so it is no surprise Hanks would approach him for this role.
Of course, Hanks is no stranger to the Walt Disney Company. He played Walt Disney himself in Saving Mr. Banks. However, he is likely most well-known among Disney fans for voicing the beloved cowboy, Woody, in Toy Story.
If you are not familiar with Pinocchio, it is the story of a little wooden puppet made by a toy maker named Geppetto. After he wishes upon a star, Pinocchio is magically brought to life. He then faces many challenges on his path to becoming a real boy.
Everything is in the early stages of negotiations, so only time will tell if we will see Tom Hanks put another Disney movie under his belt. Hanks was in talks last year to portray Geppetto, although the project fell through. Hopefully this time we will see it come to fruition.
Until then, you can take a look at other live-action remakes on Disney+ such as Aladdin, The Lion King, and coming soon, Mulan.