After seeing the success of other live-action remakes of Disney movies like The Jungle Book and others, the House of Mouse has plenty more re-imaginings in store, including Pinocchio. Now, the Robert Zemeckis directed film is reportedly eyeing Tom Hanks for a role.
While the film is still very early on in the pre-production phase–with COVID-19 holding up most TV shows and movies–Deadline is reporting that Hanks is in talks for the role of Geppetto, the caretaker and father of the puppet who comes to life. Disney wanted Hanks in the role years earlier when Paul King was attached to the project.
However, Zemeckis and Hanks have a history together, as the duo each won Oscars for their work on Forrest Gump. The upcoming adaptation will be written by Chris Weitz, whose previous work includes Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Earlier this year, the latest live-action remake Mulan was supposed to release on March 27. However, the global pandemic delayed the release until August. Considering that movie theaters aren’t ready to open yet, there was a surprise announcement that Mulan will hit Disney+ for $30. It wasn’t clear as to whether or not this pricetag is a rental fee or you can watch it multiple times.
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