He’s got no strings to hold him down… and coronavirus won’t hold Disney’s Pinocchio back any longer.
Production for Disney’s live action remake of the beloved Pinocchio is finally underway after many delays as result of the current global pandemic. But as production begins the full cast has been announced.
First up is America’s dad and no stranger to the Wonderful World of Disney, Tom Hanks, in the role of Geppetto. Hanks has been in talks to play the famous puppet’s creator since 2018 but word of his official involvement was just released with this announcement.
Playing the wise little cricket and Pinocchio’s conscious will be Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be in the role of Jiminy Cricket.
Cynthia Erivo will be donning the wings of the Blue Fairy who brings the wooden puppet to life. With Erivo cast it is almost certain that she will also be lending her vocal talents to sing the iconic song “When You Wish Upon A Star”.
Coming back for another Disney live action remake is Luke Evans. Like in Beauty and the Beast he will be putting on the cap of another villain, this time in the role of the Coachman. The evil Coachman is known for tempting the boys away to Pleasure Island where they are turned into donkeys.
Keegan-Michael Key will be portraying the Honest John, which in the 1940 version was a slick talking fox and sang the song “Hi-diddle-dee-dee, It’s An Actors Life For Me” in the original Disney version from the 1940. Key showed off his signing ability in Netflix’s Prom this past year.
The young talent of Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, most recently known for The Haunting of Bly Manor and Disney’s recent Flora & Ulysses, will be bring to life the titular puppet, Pinocchio.
Lastly, Lorraine Bracco will voice a new character, Sofia the Seagull.
Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Futurer) will direct the new adaptation for Disney.
Rumors say we can expect the Pinocchio to hit the big screen around the 2022 holiday season.