Tom Hanks is heading back into space

Tom Hanks has signed on to star in a new film based on the Mattel action figure from the 1960s, Major Matt Mason.

Major Matt Mason is an astronaut who lives and works on the moon.

The toy’s popularity coincided with America’s own space race in the ’60s, and has a number of supporting characters like a space crew and alien allies and villains.

The film will be written by Akiva Goldsman, who also penned Hanks starrers The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. No word yet on a director.

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