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Disney is making a live-action Pinocchio movie, and it wants none other than Tom Hanks to play Geppetto, according to Collider.

Production is slated to start next summer, with director Paul King (Paddington) and producers Chris Weitz (Rogue One) and Andrew Miano (Depth of Field).

Disney released the original Pinocchio in 1940 as an animated film featuring a puppet that turns into a real boy. Geppetto is the toymaker who creates Pinocchio out of wood and then makes a wish (upon a star) for him to come to life.

The Disney remake is not to be confused with Guillermo del Toro’s live-action Pinocchio in the works for Netflix, which will tell a creepier version of the fairy tale in collaboration with the Jim Henson Co.

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Jackie Cucco

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Jackie Cucco was a Senior Editor of The Toy Book, The Toy Insider, and The Pop Insider. She covered toy trends, pop culture, and entertainment news, and made appearances on national and regional outlets, including CBS, WPIX, News 12, and more. Jackie spends her time watching horror movies and working her way through every Stephen King novel out there.