Tom Hanks to Play Geppetto in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Pinocchio’ Movie – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: After earning an Oscar nomination for playing Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Tom Hanks is zeroing in on another children’s favorite. We are hearing that he is in early negotiations to play Geppetto in Disney and Robert Zemeckis’ live-action retelling of Pinocchio.

Although insiders say negotiations are very early, we hear that after reading the script, Hanks has reached out to Zemeckis to let him know he wants to do the film. Disney has always longed for Hanks to play the woodcarver, having approached him years ago when Paul King was attached to direct. That deal was never made, but given Hanks and Zemeckis’ long-standing relationship going back to when they both won Oscars for their work on Forrest Gump, this seems more likely to move forward.

Zemeckis will direct the film with Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz producing through their company Depth of Field, with Weitz penning the script.

The 1940 Disney animated classic tells the tale of a living puppet who, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Disney continues to see its live-action adaptation strategy as a major part of its pipeline, with last year’s Aladdin and The Lion King both crossing the billion-dollar milestone.

The film marks the fourth collaboration between Hanks and Zemeckis after Forest Gump, Cast Away and the Christmas classic The Polar Express.

Hanks is still filming the Elvis Presley biopic at Warner Bros, which had to halt production after he and his wife, Rita Wilson, fell ill with COVID-19. They have since recovered and the studio is hoping to start production again in the fall in Australia. He was most recently seen in the World War II pic Greyhound, which premiered on Apple TV + and shattered viewing records for the streamer following its release.

He is repped by CAA.

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Rita Wilson Honors 32nd Marriage Anniversary To Her ‘Love’ Tom Hanks—’Let’s Go 32 More’

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are a well known power couple in Hollywood and their lasting marriage has always appeared rock solid.

In honor of their 32nd wedding anniversary on April 30, Rita posted to Instagram declaring her love for her husband, and wishing for at least another 32 more years together. It’s beautiful to see any love shared publicly, but especially one of Hollywood’s favorite couples.

Sharing a beautiful photo of the two of them surrounded by snowy mountains, the couple are embracing side by side and have warm smiles on their faces—their love and respect for each other is apparent solely from this photo.

She then captioned the post with a moving tribute, writing: “32 years with this guy! @tomhanks Happy Anniversary, my love. Let’s go 32 more and then some!” The couple married on April 30, 1988 and have two sons together, 29-year-old Chet and Truman, who is 24. Hanks is also father to two children from a previous relationship—Colin, 42, and Elizabeth Ann, 37.

Rita, who is 63-years-old, appeared on Kelly Clarkson’s daytime talk show earlier in the month and revealed that Tom’s talkative character was “one of the things, when we met, that we just got along instantly,” Wilson told Clarkson. 

“First of all, I love a good storyteller,” she added. “So anybody who could tell a good story, I’m down with that…I love that. He makes me laugh all the time. He’s a great storyteller.”

The couple has been a fixture in Hollywood for decades, not only for their individual work as successful actors and filmmakers but for their accolades too.

Speaking at the Outfest Legacy Awards in Los Angeles in 2015, Tom discussed his relationship with Rita and how they keep it going.

As detailed by People magazine, Hanks joked that he “still can’t believe my wife goes out with me.” He added: “If we were in high school and I was just funny, I’d never have the courage to talk to her…I wish there was a secret, you know; we just like each other. You start there.” Very wise words from a couple whose marriage is in it’s fourth decade!

In the same interview he suggested that “no one should get married before they’re 30,” before adding: “They say it must be hard work—no, it’s not. Every now and again, you know, you gotta get over some stuff, but life is one damn thing after another and it’s actually more pleasant to be able to go home with someone you like to spend time with in order to get with it.”

Well, it’s clear from both of their discussions on marriage that Rita and Tom have a very healthy idea of what makes it work and clearly that shows in their 32-year-long union. Congratulations and all the best to them!

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Tom Hanks, Colton Underwood, More Stars Who Tested Positive for Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus has made its rounds worldwide after first emerging in the Wuhan, Hubei, province in China back in 2019 — and today’s biggest stars are not immune.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were among the first high-profile names to test positive for COVID-19. On March 11, the Academy Award winner shared the symptoms the couple experienced during their time in Australia, where Hanks was working on pre-production for Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic.

“We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches,” the Forrest Gump actor said of he and Wilson. “Rita had some chills that came and went.”

On March 16, Us Weekly confirmed that Hanks and Wilson were released from the hospital. The pair, who have been married for 30 years, rented a home in Australia before flying back to the U.S.

Nearly a week after Hanks and Wilson’s diagnosis was confirmed, Idris Elba announced that he contracted the virus as well. He revealed via Twitter on Monday that he decided to get tested after learning that an individual he was in contact with tested positive on March 13.

The day after speaking out, the English actor shared that Hanks’ confession inspired him to speak about his own condition. “I’m really proud of Tom Hanks, who is also someone in the public eye who came out and said they have it and has been public about it,” the Cats actor said in a Twitter livestream video. “I was really motivated by Tom’s move there.”

As of April 4, there are more than 1.1 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 64,000 individuals have died from COVID-19. Symptoms for the illness include fever, coughing and difficulties breathing.

All 50 states across the U.S. have confirmed cases of coronavirus, with more than 8,400 deaths.

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson return to Los Angeles after testing positive for coronavirus in Australia

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have returned home to the United States after testing positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, in Australia.

The “Cast Away” actor took to his Twitter account to announce the good news after he and Wilson spent more than two weeks in Queensland self-isolating.

“Hey, Folks…We’re home now and, like the rest of America, we carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing. Many, many thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us. Their care and guidance made possible our return to the USA. And many thanks to all of you who reached out with well wishes. Rita and I so appreciate it. Hanx,” the actor tweeted.

Hanks and Wilson, both 63, kept their fans updated throughout their quarantine process since first revealing their positive diagnosis on March 11.

“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive,” the 63-year-old actor first revealed in a statement on Twitter.

He continued, “Well, now. What to do next?  The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves!”

The couple reportedly stayed in a hospital in Queensland for five days before being released. Hanks was in Australia filming an untitled Elvis Presley biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann when he and Wilson learned they contracted the coronavirus.

The film has since halted production.

One week following the couple’s diagnosis, Hanks took to his social media to update fans on their symptoms.

“Hey folks. Good News: One week after testing Positive, in self-isolation, the symptoms are much the same. No fever but the blahs,” Hanks revealed. “Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch.”

Hanks then told fans that Wilson had beat him in six straight hands of gin rummy.

“But I have learned not to spread my Vegemite so thick,” he said referencing fans’ reactions to a previous post showing his generous helping of Vegemite on toast.

“I traveled here with a typewriter, one I used to love. We are all in this together. Flatten the curve,” Hanks concluded the post, which showed the typewriter he referenced.

The couple’s son, Chet Hanks, also kept fans updated through the process, taking to his social media after the Hollywood stars left the hospital to assure fans they were “feeling a lot better.”

Wilson turned to music during her time in isolation, prompting the creation of a playlist she shared on Spotify that she named “Quarantunes” following a survey she conducted with fans on her Instagram account.

Other celebrities who have since confirmed they tested positive for COVID-19 include Idris Elba, Debi Mazar and Daniel Dae Kim, among others.

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Coronavirus: Tom Hanks shares update on health following diagnosis | The Independent

Tom Hanks has provided an updated on his coronavirus diagnosis as he remains in isolation “for the next 10 days” with wife Rita Wilson in Australia.

Days after announcing they had tested positive for the illness, Hanks sent his thanks to “the helpers” and urged the world to “take care” as the situation caused by the pandemic intensifies globally.

“Thanks to the Helpers,” he wrote. ”Let’s take care of ourselves and each other. Hanx.”

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The actor also shared a photo from self-isolation with a toy kangaroo and koala as well as a piece of toast with Australian spread Vegemite.

“Really must send a big thank you to the doctors and medical experts from Queensland Health, who have given us tremendous support and most importantly, very clear instructions as to how to go about putting our company and the community’s health first,” he added.

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“Personally, I’m in isolation for the next 10 days, but wanted to let you guys know that the family and I are healthy and well. We’ll keep you updated!”

Hanks is in Australia to film Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley biopic, in which he will star opposite Austin Butler as the singer’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

The film – as well as every other in Hollywood – has shut down production after Trump declared a “national emergency” and both Italy and Spain went into lockdown.

 ”Very proud to say that the entire production is following these instructions to a T,” Hanks said.

Hanks is the highest-profile celebrity to be diagnoses with coronavirus. Others include Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea footballer Callum Hudson-Odoi.

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Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson Test Positive for Coronavirus – Variety

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have announced that they have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus), the first celebrities to go public with a diagnosis.

Hanks and Wilson, both 63, revealed the news with a statement on Wednesday. The married couple was in Australia for production of Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley movie, in which Hanks is playing Presley’s iconic manager Colonel Tom Parker.

Read the statement below:

“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.

Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?

We’ll keep the world posted and updated.

Take care of yourselves!”

Hanks and Wilson were the only known individuals on the film to contract the disease, insiders said. The film is currently in pre-production stages, meaning cameras have yet to roll, and is still making preparations to shoot. Testing measures for filmmakers and crew are presently unknown.

Warner Bros., the distributor behind the film, issued a statement shortly after Hanks and Wilson went public.

“We have been made aware that a company member from our Elvis feature film, which is currently in pre-production in The Gold Coast, Australia, has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus),” the statement reads. “We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual. The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world. The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.”

The news broke just as President Donald Trump announced a 30-day suspension on travel from Europe to the United States due to the spread of coronavirus. Earlier on Wednesday, the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.

There have been more than 115,000 cases of coronavirus confirmed worldwide, and the disease has killed more than 4,200 people.

Deadline Hollywood first broke the news.

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