Guillermo del Toro has announced the cast for his upcoming stop-motion animated musical feature, Pinocchio.
This is not to be confused with the live-action Pinocchio that is being produced by Disney and directed by Robert Zemeckis. This one is the same story but told in a unique way that only those the likes of del Toro could fathom. But it is the same tale we all know of the wooden puppet who longs to become a real boy.
Netflix made the announcement on Wednesday in a press release that Pinocchio himself will be played by the newcomer Gregory Mann. The rest of the cast is made up of some of Hollywood’s best talent. Ewan McGregor will play the role of Cricket, while Game of Thrones and Harry Potter alum David Bradley will portray Geppetto. Others in the announcement include Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), John Turturro (The Batman), Tim Blake Nelson (Watchmen), Burn Gorman (Enola Holmes), Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman, and Academy Award winners Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, and Cate Blanchett.
Mark Gustafson who is another stop-motion film vet with Fantastic Mr. Fox on his resume, will co-direct with del Toro. The script is being co-written by del Toro and Patrick McHale. The film will be scored by Oscar winning composer Alexandre Desplat, with song lyrics by del Toro and Katz. The film’s puppets are being built by Mackinnon and Saunders who did the puppets for Corpse Bride.
In a statement with the announcement del Toro said, “After years of pursuing this dream project, I found my perfect partner in Netflix. We have spent a long time curating a remarkable cast and crew and have been blessed by continuous support from Netflix to quietly and carefully soldier on, barely missing a beat. We all love and practice animation with great passion and believe it to be the ideal medium to retell this classic story in a completely new way.”
Guillermo del Toro’s take on Pinocchio is set during the rise of Fascism in Mussolini’s Italy. It follows the journey of a wooden boy magically brought to life by a father’s wish, albeit struggling to live up to his father’s expectations.