Tom Hanks Starrer ‘Pinocchio’ Is Disney 18th Live-Action Remake
This isn’t the only big project this year based on Carlo Collodi’s 19th century children’s novel
After 2020’s Mulan and 2021’s Cruella, Disney follows up their ongoing string of classic remakes with Pinocchio. An all all-new trailer offering a first look of Disney’s next big retelling venture is out.
Pinocchio himself is mostly absent from the trailer, and he makes a brief appearance in the last few seconds, as Cynthia Erivo’s Blue Fairy grants Gepetto’s wish to turn his beloved puppet into a real boy.
Gepetto is played by acting heavyweight Tom Hanks, who seems to be the focus in the trailer. We see him play out that iconic wishing moment, before getting various glimpses of the film’s star-studded cast that includes Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as Pinocchio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jiminy Cricket, Luke Evans as the evil Coachman, Keegan-Michael Key as Honest John, and Lorraine Bracco as a new character named Sofia the Seagull.
Director Robert Zemeckis helms this project. With 2009’s The Christmas Carol (starring Jim Carrey) on his portfolio, Zemeckis has enough experience adapting classic children’s tales for film. Strangely, this isn’t the only big project this year based on Carlo Collodi’s 19th century children’s novel. Guillermo del Toro is also working on his own stop-motion project under the same name.
The film’s trailer also drew a bunch of reactions online, with several fans hoping to see some of the quirky, surreal elements from the original 1940 animated film:
I hope so!— Arturo (@RecklessKaiser) May 31, 2022
But it’s Disney and they tone down things nowadays.
Others were less than enthusiastic.
How many times are we going to see Pinocchio? I swear to Christ there was the live action remake, THAT one animation movie, the one Guillermo del Toro is doing, and this. All in the SAME year.— Jaiden Venidos (@JayVenidos) May 31, 2022
Pinocchio is set to release on Disney+ this September.
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