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Tom Hanks Hops on the Live-Action Toy Movie Bandwagon

Tom Hanks is no stranger to acting with — or as — toys in the movies. He played a toy designer in the movie Big and lent his voice to one of film's most famous toys of all, Woody the cowboy from Pixar's Toy Story. So it's no surprise that he would want in on the live-action toy movies sweeping the land — Transformers, G.I. Joe, Candyland, etc.

Hanks is looking to star as Major Matt Mason, a toy astronaut developed in the '60s by Mattel when every little kid dreamed of rocketing off to the moon like Neil Armstrong. Screenwriter Graham Yost, who worked with Hanks before on HBO's From the Earth to the Moon, will write the script. Of course, Hanks also has previous astronaut experience from Apollo 13.

Must be nice to be as big a star as Hanks and bring the toys of your childhood to life on the big screen. This toy came before my time, but I like the idea of Hanks on the moon again — how about you? Now if only a big box-office female star could get to work on Jem.

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