In his 38-year career, Tom Hanks has played a plethora of memorable characters on screen.
Those unforgettable characters, both fictional and historical, include names like Kip Wilson, Walter Fielding, Josh Baskin, Jimmy Dugan, Sam Baldwin, Andrew Beckett, Forrest Gump, Sheriff Woody, Jim Lovell, Captain John H. Miller, Joe Fox, Paul Edgecomb, Chuck Noland, Michael Sullivan, Carl Hanratty, Viktor Navorski, Robert Langdon, Charlie Wilson, Walt Disney, Captain Richard Phillips, James B. Donovan, Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger and Ben Bradlee. Soon, we will see Hanks portray the incomparable Fred Rogers in a biopic about the legendary children’s advocate, but it seems that still isn’t enough for the iconic actor/producer.
Collider is reporting that Hanks is now in early talks to play Geppetto in the upcoming live-action adaptation of the Disney animated classic Pinocchio. The film is set to be directed by Paul King (Paddington), based on a script written by Chris Weitz (Rogue One) and King. Simon Farnaby (Paddington 2, Yonderland) is rumored to be penning the latest draft of the film’s screenplay. The film is said to have a budget of $150 million and production is set to take place next summer.
News of the project comes as 2019 rapidly approaches, a big year for Disney which includes the much anticipated live-action adaptations of Tim Burton’s Dumbo, Aladdin and the Jon Favreau-directed The Lion King. Meanwhile, Tom Hanks has the aforementioned Mr. Rogers film, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4 and the upcoming war drama Greyhound, in which Hanks writes, produces and stars in. There is currently no set date for the release of Pinocchio.
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