Tom Hanks In Negotiations to Play Geppetto in Robert Zemeckis’ Live-Action “Pinocchio”

Deadline has confirmed that Tom Hanks is in negotiations to play Geppetto in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Pinocchio, directed by Robert Zemeckis.

What’s Happening:

  • Following rumors that began last winter, Tom Hanks is now in negotiations to be cast in Disney’s live-action retelling of Pinocchio.
  • Hanks was considered for the part of Geppetto, the woodcarver who wishes for a child, back when the film was being helmed by director Paul King.
  • Robert Zemeckis reportedly received a call from Tom Hanks saying he loves the new script and wants the part.
  • The new screenplay is a collaboration between Zemeckis and Chris Weitz, who will also serve as a producer.
  • Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis have a long history of collaborating together on films that include Forest Gump, Cast Away, and The Polar Express.
  • Robert Zemeckis’ past Disney credits include directing Who Framed Roger Rabbit and A Christmas Carol.