One of the most thriving actors of Hollywood, Tom Hanks, is reportedly in talks to grab a role in yet another children’s favourite, ‘Pinocchio’. After an Oscar nomination for playing Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the actor is looking to star as Geppetto in the live-action remake of ‘Pinocchio’
Although nothing has been confirmed yet and insiders say that its too early to tell anything yet, it seems Tom Hanks himself has reached out to old pal Robert Zemeckis- who will be directing the reboot- after reading the script. The film, if Tom Hanks does star in it will mark the fourth collaboration between the director and veteran actor who have worked together in films like Forrest Gump, Cast Away and the Christmas classic The Polar Express.
Everyone knows the tale of ‘Pinocchio’, an Italian fairy tale about a puppet turned into a real-life boy whose nose grows every time he lies. It is one of the most iconic Disney animated films to date and perhaps then it is a relief to have an actor like Tom Hanks on board. With a stellar record, the infamous actor has starred in several movies from Forrest Gump to his recent turn as Mr. Rogers and has never failed to delight fans with his movies.
Previously, Tom Hanks was approached by Disney for the same reboot in 2018 when Paul King was said to be the director, Hanks had declined to play the role of Gepetto, the kind woodcutter also the creator of the puppet boy ‘Pinocchio’ and the deal never set. However, now with a long-standing friend on the helm with whom he won the Oscars for their Forrest Gump, the deal is likely to push forward.
However, should his role be confirmed the movie will take its time as Tom Hanks is still filming the Elvis Presley biopic at Warner Bros, which was put on hold when Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson contracted COVID-19. They have recovered and are doing well, now looking to resume filming the biopic in Australia in the fall.
‘Pinocchio’ is yet another movie on Disney’s live-action remake list as Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and Mulan have all received live-action adaptations.
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