Tom Hanks As Geppetto In New Pinocchio Movie?
Tom Hanks is likely to play the woodcarver and creator of Pinocchio in the upcoming live-action adaptation. He is seen in this picture on November 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California – Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images North America.
Has Disney’s live-action Pinocchio movie found its Geppetto? At least, that seems to be very possible, according to Jess Cohen of the well known entertainment online platform E!News.
While the casting news hasn’t been officially announced, E! News can confirm the great actor Tom Hanks is likely to play the woodcarver and creator of Pinocchio in the upcoming live-action adaptation. The film is set to be directed by Paul King, who is also the filmmaker behind the Paddington movies.
Disney first released the film Pinocchio, which is based on the Carlo Collodi’s children’s book The Adventures of Pinocchio, in 1940. The movie was Disney’s second animated feature film, following three years after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The character of Geppetto, which could be played by Tom Hanks, carves a wooden puppet named Pinocchio, who he wishes will become a real boy. Pinocchio is later brought to life by a blue fairy, who tells Pinocchio, “Prove yourself brave, truthful and unselfish, and someday you will be a real boy.”
According to THR, the movie is looking to start production in May, which could conflict with Hanks’ upcoming sci-fi project Bios.
According to Justin Kroll of the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety, Tom Hanks has a busy 2019 ahead of him, starting with the World War II pic Greyhound followed by his return to the Toy Story world, reprising the voice of Woody in the fourth installment. He is currently filming the untitled Mr. Rogers movie for TriStar, in which he plays the iconic TV personality.
Tom Hanks has yet to comment on the casting reports. He is repped by CAA.