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Tom Hanks is in early talk to play ”Geppetto” in Disney’s live-action version of ”Pinocchio.” Its first reported in 2018 that Robert Zemeckis was on board to direct the project, the latest in a long line of live-action remakes of its animated movies such as ”Aladdin,” ”Beauty and the Beast” and ”The Lion King.”

The project is the latest in a long line of Disney’s live-action remakes of its animated movies such as ”Beauty and the Beast”, ”Aladdin”, and ”The Lion King.” It would also reunite Zemeckis and Hanks, who have previously worked together on 1994’s ”Forrest Gump.” 2000’s ”Cast Away” and 2004’s ”The Polar express.”

The original ”Pinocchio” was released in 1940, produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on Carlo Collodi’s children’s novel ”The Adventures of Pinocchio.” The story centers on a wood-carver named Geppetto who carves a wooden puppet brought to life by a fairy_ and told he will become a real boy if he proves himself to be ”brave, truthful, and unselfish.”

Chris Weitz is planning the script. He will also produce the film with Andrew Miano through their company Depth of Field.

Before he steps into the famed woodworker’s shoes, Hanks will portray Colonel Tom Parker in Warner Bros.’s upcoming Elvis Presley biopic.

While he was shooting the film in Australia, Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were among the first public figures to announce they had tested positive for coronavirus. Hanks, 64, is currently working on Warner Bros. ”Elvis Presley” biopic, which had to halt production after some time they have since recovered and now the studio is hoping to start production again in the fall in Australia.

Hanks recently starred as commander in the World War 2 Combat Drama ”Greyhound,” which premiered on Apple TV Plus in July after being sold by Sony Pictures. He received his sixth Oscar nomination this year for ”A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” He is repped by CAA.