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August 10, 2020

Disney Reportedly Eyes Tom Hanks to Play Geppetto in the Live-Action Remake of 'Pinocchio'

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"Forrest Gump" actor Tom Hanks could be set to reunite with Robert Zemeckis for the live-action adaptation of the Disney classic, "Pinocchio." 

Actor Tom Hanks could be set to star in another children's favorite following reports that he is talking about starring in the retelling of Disney's "Pinocchio." 

According to Deadline, Hanks is in early negotiations to play the character, "Geppetto" in the classic children's tale, which would be directed by Robert Zemeckis. 

Tom Hanks at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images

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This development is one that will surely excite fans, and it seems that Tom Hanks is also looking forward to starring in the film. It is believed that after reading the script, he reached out to Zemeckis, stating his intention to do the movie. 

Zemeckis and Hanks have a good relationship, having worked together on three previous films, including "Forrest Gump," for which they both won Oscars. They also collaborated on "Cast Away" and "The Polar Express."

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While Zemeckis will direct the movie, he will be joined by Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz, who will produce it through their company, "Depth of Field." Weitz and Zemeckis would write the script. 

"Pinocchio" is a 1940 Disney-animated classic that tells the story of a living puppet that has a cricket as his conscience, and must prove that he is worthy of being a real boy. 

The actor and his wife traveled to the European country of Greece, where they officially became Greek citizens.

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The retelling of "Pinocchio" sees Disney continuing with its live-adaptation of its famous classics. This strategy has become a major part of its pipeline and has brought success so far. 

Last year, the live-adaptation of the animations, "The Lion King," and "Aladdin" were major hits at the box office worldwide, raking in huge revenues and crossing the billion-dollar milestone. 

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However, if negotiations between Hanks and Zemeckis pan out well, the actor would first star in the "Elvis Presley" biopic, which is still being filmed at Warner Bros. 

The production of the biopic had to be halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic after Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, contracted the virus while in Australia. There are hopes that production will resume this fall. 

Hanks recently celebrated his 64th birthday. To mark the occasion, the actor and his wife traveled to the European country of Greece, where they officially became Greek citizens

The Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, announced that Hanks and Wilson had now become citizens of the country,

sharing a picture of the famous couple

, himself and his wife, Mareva Grabowski, on Instagram.

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