The latest Disney+ remake was teased to fans today (31 May) as a trailer for Robert Zemeckis’ Pinocchio was shared across the platform’s social media pages.
The film, created using both live-action performance and computer animation, will recount the same tale as Disney’s original cartoon from 1940. It follows a lonely woodcarver, Gepetto. After carving a puppet of a young boy named Pinocchio, Gepetto is visited by The Blue Fairy, who brings Pinocchio to life. She vows to make him a real boy if he is to stay ‘brave, truthful, and unfaithful’. What follows is a series of encounters with some questionable characters, testing Pinocchio as he is guided by the talking cricket Jiminy Cricket.
Hosting a board of famous faces, the film is another addition to Zemechis’ impressive filmography, joining the likes of Forrest Gump, The Polar Express, Cast Away and The Witches.
The trailer looks into Gepetto’s workshop as he puts the finishing touches on Pinocchio’s puppet. He is visited by The Blue Fairy after wishing for a boy to the stars, which grabs the attention of a lethargic Jiminy. The audience is then shown glimpses into the adventures taken by Gepetto, Pinocchio, and Jiminy Cricket around Pleasure Island and the characters they meet.
Who Is In The Cast Of Pinocchio?
Tom Hanks will take the role of Gepetto, the lonely wood-carver who builds Pinocchio and treats him like a son. Cynthia Erivo will join him as The Blue Fairy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jiminy Cricket, and Luke Evans, who appeared in Disney’s live-action Beauty and The Beast, will portray The Coachman. Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, who has worked with Disney on their 2021 series Flora & Ulysses, will voice Pinocchio.
The Full Cast includes:
- Tom Hanks as Gepetto
- Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as Pinocchio
- Cynthia Erivo as The Blue Fairy
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jiminy Cricket
- Luke Evans as The Coachman
- Keegan Michael-Key as Honest John
- Lorraine Bracco as Sophia the Seagull
When Is Pinocchio Coming Out?
It was announced along with the release of the trailer that Pinocchio will be available to stream for global audiences on Disney+ on 8 September 2022.
The date, marking this year’s Disney Plus Day, will lead into the D23 expo, Disney’s biennial exposition, for which the release of Pinocchio is just the first of more expected major announcements.