Tom Hanks in Talks to Play Gepetto in Live-Action 'Pinocchio' Remake

By , The New ALT 105.3

Tom Hanks is in serious talks to play Gepetto in the live-action remake of "Pinocchio" just a few years after his name was initially thrown into the mix when Paul King was set to direct.

Deadline reports that the Academy Award winning actor continued to express interest in the role of the woodcarver when Robertt Zemeckis signed on as director.

The outlet notes that negotiations are in the early stages but that the actor told Zemeckis he wanted the part upon reading the script.

Hanks previously worked with Zemeckis on 1994's "Forrest Gump," which landed them both Oscars. The duo also teamed up for Hank's other hits "Cast Away" and "The Polar Express."

Disney has seen massive success with live-action remakes of fairytale classics including "Aladdin" and "The Lion King," which passed the $1 billion milestone.

The company is gearing up to release the live-action adaptation of "Mulan" on Disney+ after the theatrical release was postponed several times due to COVID. It will debut on September 4th.

Live-action remakes of "The Little Mermaid," "'The Hunchback Of Notre Dame," and "'Cruella' (101 Dalmations)" with Emma Stone are also in the works.

Hanks, who contracted COVID-19 in Australia while in pre-production on the Elvis Presley biopic, is back to filming.

He recently scored a nomination for portraying Mister Rogers in "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood."

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