pinocchio, a musical version of the puppet boy story, is coming soon to Disney+. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on the 1883 Italian book The Adventures of Pinocchio from Carlo Collodi, the upcoming film is a live-action adaptation of Walt Disney’s 1940 animated film of the same name but with a musical twist.
The film is set in an Italian village, where the blue fairy brings to life the wooden puppet Pinocchio. The story then follows Pinocchio who seeks a life of adventure as he strives to be a real boy.
Read on to find out more about the film and its cast.
pinocchio: Trailer, synopsis and cast
Disney+ pinocchio everything is ready to launch Thursday, September 8, at 3:00 am. Eastern Time on Disney+. The trailer for the musical released in May featured human and CGI characters along with a snippet of the new performance of the classic song from the film. when you ask a star.
The official synopsis for the musical reads:
“Academy Award® winner Robert Zemeckis directs this live-action retelling of the beloved story of a wooden puppet who embarks on an exciting adventure to become a real boy. Tom Hanks stars as Geppetto, the woodcarver who builds and treats Pinocchio (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) as if he were his own son.”
It further states:
“Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Jiminy Cricket, who serves as Pinocchio’s guide as well as his “conscience”; Academy Award® nominee Cynthia Erivo is the Blue Fairy; Keegan-Michael Key is “Honest” John; Academy Award® nominee Lorraine Bracco as Sofia the Seagull, a new character, and Luke Evans as The Coachman.Also in the cast are Kyanne Lamaya as Fabiana (and her puppet Sabina), Giuseppe Battiston as Señor Stromboli and Lewin Lloyd as Lampwick.
The film is produced by Robert Zemeckis, Derek Hogue, Andrew Milano and Chris Weitz from a screenplay by Zemeckis and Weitz.
Let’s take a look at the cast of the Disney+ musical.
Tom Hanks as Geppetto
American actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks will be seen playing the role of Geppetto in the Disney+ film. Geppetto is a lonely but good-natured woodcarver who creates the toy and treats it as if it were his real son.
Hanks is best known for his comedic and dramatic roles. Some of his works include Forrest Gump saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The terminal, bridge of spies, The Post, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve got mail, apollo 13, ElvisY toy story film cycle, among several other projects.
Hanks accolades include two Academy Awards out of six nominations, seven Primetime Emmy Awards, one Tony Award nomination, one AFI Life Achievement Award, one Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, one Kennedy Center Honor, one Medal Presidential Award and a Cecil B. DeMille Golden Globe Award.
Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as Pinocchio
Benjamin Evan Ainsworth will play Pinocchio in the musical. His character is a wooden puppet that comes to life and wants to be a real boy.
Ainsworth is a British child actor best known for his work on The Curse of Bly Manor, Flora and Ulysses, The Recycler, Emmerdale, The Sandman, Y Son of a Critch.
Luke Evans as the coachman
Welsh actor and singer Luke Evans will be seen playing the role of The Coachman in the Disney+ film. His character lures young children to his cursed Pleasure Island so he can turn them into donkeys and sell them on the black market.
He is best known for his work on Clash of the Titans, Immortals, The Three Musketeers, The Hobbit, Beauty and the Beast, Fast and Furious 6, The Pembrokeshire Murders, Nine Perfect Strangers, among several other projects.
The film also stars Cynthia Erivo as The Blue Fairy, Kyanne Lamaya as Fabiana, Giuseppe Battiston as Stromboli, Lewin Lloyd as Lampwick, Sheila Atim as Signora Vitelli, Angus Wright as Signore Rizzi, Jamie Demetriou as Director, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jiminy. Cricket, Keegan-Michael Key as Honest John and Lorraine Bracco as Sofia.
However, the Disney remake is not the only great pinocchio film to be released in late 2022. Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro co-wrote and co-directed a stop-motion animated version of the movie for Netflix, which is supposedly a dark adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s fairy tale. It stars Ewan McGregor, Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, Finn Wolfhard, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Cate Blanchett, and John Turturro.
you can see the music pinocchio on Thursday, September 8 on Disney+.