Tom Hanks to bring Carole King musical Beautiful to the big screen
Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks is to co-produce a Hollywood adaptation of Beautiful, the new musical based around the songs of legendary singer-songwriter Carole King.
Beautiful, which opened on Broadway in 2014 and earlier this year on London's West End, tells the story of King's life as well as featuring many of her biggest hits, including 'So Far Away' and 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow'.
Hanks will co-produce the project with Gary Goetzman and Paul Blake, the men who produced the Broadway version of the musical. Douglas McGarth, who wrote the musical's book, has been signed up to write the film's screenplay, reports Broadway World.
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Hanks is currently getting ready to film Inferno, the third instalment based on the Dan Brown novel series that began with The Da Vinci Code.
In Inferno, Hanks will reprise his role as Professor Robert Langdon, who in this instalment awakens in an Italian hospital with amnesia. Once out, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s Inferno.
The Theory Of Everything star Felicity Jones will play Brooks, while Life of Pi actor Irrfan Khan will play Harry Sims. Also confirmed for the movie are X-Men: Days of Future Past and future Jurassic World star Omar Sy, who will play Christoph Bruder and Borgen's Sidse Babett Knudsen, who is to portray Dr Elizabeth Sinskey, head of the World Health Organisation.
Tom Hanks has played Langdon twice before, in 2006's The Da Vinci Code and 2009's Angels And Demons, between them the films have grossed over a billion dollars at the box office.
Ron Howard, who will once be behind the camera on Inferno, is currently preparing his new epic In The Heart Of The Sea for a March 2015 release.