Tom Hanks probably needs no introduction. A favorite Hollywood actor for many, Tom is known for his eclectic roles and for being one of the nicest people in the industry. Recently, the Hollywood star earned an Oscar nomination for playing Mister Rogers, and now he’s on to another children’s favorite. This time, rumor has it that the actor is in early negotiations for the role of Geppetto in Disney’s new version of Pinocchio.

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Rumor has it that one of Hollywood’s favorites—Tom Hanks—is considering playing Geppetto

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Industry insiders say that the negotiations for the role are still in an early stage. However, the word on the street goes that after reading the script for Pinocchio, Tom Hanks himself has reached out to the director Robert Zemeckis to tell him that he wants to do the film. In fact, Disney has always wanted Tom Hanks as Geppetto. Deadline writes that the studio giant approached Tom years ago, but the deal was never made.

As Disney is planning a remake for the all-time children’s classic Pinocchio in 2021

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Robert Zemeckis—the director behind Forrest Gump and Cast Away, both of which featured Tom Hanks—will direct the film together with producers Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz. Disney will retell the animated classic Pinocchio from 1940. The tale tells the story of a living puppet who wants to prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Which is set to be directed by Robert Zemeckis

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The 1940 film is based on the 1883 Italian children’s classical novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by the writer Carlo Collodi. Pinocchio was the second of Disney’s animated feature films. It was made after Disney witnessed huge success with its first animation, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

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