Hi-diddle-dee-dee, an acting legend for "Pinocchio"?
Disney's live-action remake of the beloved animated film from 1940 may have found its Geppetto. And there's a very storied actor reported to be in early talks for the role. Tom Hanks may join the film, according to Variety.
If the actor does indeed take the part, he'll portray the shopkeeper-slash-woodworker who creates Pinocchio. Geppetto is also the character who has the misfortune of being trapped in the belly of a whale, so Hanks would certainly have some interesting scenes. He'd join the string of big-name actors who have helped power Disney's live-action adaptations of classic animated movies.
The studio's biggest box office hit of the bunch is 2017's "Beauty and the Beast," starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, which brought in more than $1 billion worldwide. The next three to hit theaters will be "Dumbo," starring Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, and Danny DeVito; "Aladdin," starring Will Smith; and "The Lion King," starring Donald Glover, Beyoncé , and Seth Rogen.
Hanks is a two-time Academy Award winner who has starred in a multitude of acclaimed films. His last film to hit theaters was 2017's "The Post," and he'll appear in the upcoming "Greyhound" as well as Disney-Pixar's "Toy Story 4."
Paul King is directing "Pinocchio," and he teamed up with Chris Weitz and Simon Farnaby on the latest version of the script.
The release date for "Pinocchio" hasn't been announced.