Over the last few years, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures division has produced several live-action films based on some of Disney’s classic animated films. So far, the company has brought to life Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast. And, in 2019, the company has three highly-anticipated live-action releases on its schedule: Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King.
Disney is next planning on turning Pinocchio into a live-action movie — and executives reportedly want Tom Hanks to play puppeteer Geppetto.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Thursday, November 29, that the beloved actor is in early talks to take on the role of Pinocchio’s creator in the film that will be directed and cowritten by Paul King (Paddington).
Hanks already has a good working relationship with Disney. The 62-year-old famously voices the character of Woody in the animated Toy Story series, which will have its fourth franchise release on June 21, 2019, and he played company founder Walt Disney in the 2013 film, Saving Mr. Banks.