Cape Town – Tom Hanks is set to play a puppet master.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the Academy award winner is in early talks to play Gepetto in Disney's live-action adaptation of Pinocchio.
Paddington director Paul King will helm the film.
The original film released in 1940 and centres on an old wood-carver named Geppetto who carves a wooden puppet named Pinocchio.
The puppet is brought to life by a blue fairy, who informs him that he can become a real boy if he proves himself to be "brave, truthful, and unselfish".
Although it went on to win Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song it was a box office disaster. It was reissued in 1945 and was then considered one of the greatest animated films with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Pinocchio is one of the live-action movies inspired by Disney’s animated back catalogue. (Read more here)
Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is also working on a stop-motion animated version of the classic Pinocchio for Netflix.