In casting news today, Tom Hanks may take on the role of Geppetto in Disney's live-action version of Pinocchio, two genre veterans are jumping on board the Kingsman prequel, and Stargirl over on DC Universe continues to fill out its cast of regulars.
First up, Variety reports that Tom Hanks is in "early talks" to play Geppetto in Disney's live-action adaptation of their animated film, Pinocchio. Geppetto mahy not be the title character, but the role is definitely a big deal — he is the craftsman that builds Pinocchio, the puppet who wants to be a real boy.
Paul King (Paddington) is set to direct the film, which is being produced by Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz. The most recent draft of the tale is written by Simon Farnaby, along with King and Weitz.
This puts yet another live-action Disney adaptation on the map in star-studded fashion, which is turning out to be a very successful formula. Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and The Jungle Book were all huge successes, and three more are on the way— Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King. At this rate, Disney may soon run out of animated classics to adapt.
Hanks himself is no stranger to the Disney family — he voices Woody in the Toy Story films for Pixar, which falls under Disney's cricket-carried umbrella.
Next up, Collider reports that Matthew Vaughn's next entry into the Kingsman franchise (which is a prequel to the first two movies) has added Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Daniel Brühl (Captain America: Civil War), and potentially Rhys Ifans (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1).
According to Collider, Vaughn is "focused on casting great actors rather than the kinds of major stars" that sprang up in his previous entry in the series, Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
Dance and Brühl have definitely joined the film, which will show the founding of the Kingsman Agency during World War I. Ralph Fiennes is already aboard, and Ifans is "in discussions to play a dangerous and manipulative Russian mystic."
There is no word on what roles Dance and Brühl will play, but having them in the film at all is a good enough reason to get even more excited. Fiennes in a scene with Charles "Tywin Lannister" Dance? Yes, oh yes please.
Finally today, Deadline reports that Yvette Monreal and Christopher James Baker have been added to the cast of regulars for DC Universe's upcoming series, Stargirl. What their roles actually are is not being revealed yet, but Deadline does call them "undisclosed DC characters."
They join Brec Bassinger, who has already been cast as the titular Courtney "Stargirl" Whitmore. The new series will also feature the Justice Society of America. Created in 1999 by Geoff Johns, Stargirl has hit the small screen before — the character appeared on both Smallville and DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Johns himself will executive produce the new show, and will also write the first episode.
Monreal will soon appear in Rambo 5: Last Blood, and also appears in Robert Rodriguez's TV series, Matador. Baker's credits include True Detective and Ozark.