Tom Hanks Considers Playing Geppetto in Disney’s “Pinocchio”

Tom Hanks. Photo by David Buchan/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (9218208l)

As Disney prepares to remake the classic animated film Pinocchio, they may have already settled on the actor to play Geppetto, the elderly woodcarver who fathers Pinocchio.

First released in 1940 and inspired by Carlo Collodi’s children’s book The Adventures of Pinocchio, Pinocchio is one of the most famous classic animated movies in the US. However, the announcement Disney will be remaking The Lion King and Aladdin may have overshadowed any publicity was bound to get.

With Hanks in the cast, Pinocchio is getting the attention it probably deserves. Pinocchio centers on a wooden puppet created by Geppeto. The puppet has the conscience of a cricket and works hard to prove he is a real boy. Geppetto plays a fatherly figure in the movie but it isn’t a big role, as Hanks is used to.

It’s not like Hanks is out of roles to play in Hollywood. He stars in Greyhound that is set to be released next year. He will also have a major role in Toy Story 4 where he reprises his voice as Woody. Another major role Hanks is currently involved in Mr. Rogers for Tristar where he acts as the iconic TV personality.

Disney is finding incredible successes in remaking its classic films. Beauty and the Beast garnered $1.2 billion at the box office in 2017 while The Jungle Book grossed $966.5 million a year before that. With the hype surrounding Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King, it may not be a surprise when the feature films gross over $1 billion each as well.