Tom Hanks to star as 'Major Matt Mason'

Published Mar 25 2009, 10:35 GMT  |  By

Tom Hanks to star as 'Major Matt Mason'

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Tom Hanks has been lined up to star in Universal's live-action feature Major Matt Mason, according to Variety.

Speed and Band Of Brothers writer Graham Yost is scripting the project, based on the popular vintage Mattel action figure.

The Matt Mason toy line originated in 1966, with the character leading a team of astronauts on a space station based on the moon. The toy proved popular in the run up the first moon landing but was pulled from shops in the 1970s.

Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone will produce the picture.

Universal's upcoming toy-based movies include Monopoly, Stretch Armstrong and Candy Land.