Tom Hanks back in the frame for role in Pinocchio
When a Disney live-action reboot of Pinocchio was first announced in 2018 it was with Paddington director Paul King at the helm, who along with Disney themselves quickly identified Tom Hanks as the ideal man to fill the role of Gepetto. However, King has since moved from the project to be replaced Robert Zemeckis, and with the film's original director gone it seemed possible that his replacement would have his own ideas about who to cast in the film.
However, it has emerged that Zemeckis also sees Hanks as the ideal man for the role and according to a new report by Deadline the actor is now back in talks with the studio to star in the Pinocchio reboot.
Negotiations are understood to still be in the very early stages, but Hanks reportedly reached out to Zemeckis after receiving the script to confirm his interest in the role. The two do have history together, of course, having worked together on the Oscar-winning Forrest Gump.
No deal has been signed as yet, however, and with Hanks still to complete work on Baz Luhrman's Elvis Presley biopic, in which Hanks plays Presley's notorious manager Colonel Tom Parker, it may be a while before he can get to work on Disney's latest reboot.