Disney+ has unveiled its first sneak peek into the live-action adaptation of Pinocchio, starring Tom Hanks as Geppetto. The film is set to premiere on the streaming platform in September exclusively.
The Academy Award winner’s latest feature is a retelling of the beloved children’s tale about a wooden puppet who sets out on an adventure to become a real boy. Benjamin Evan Ainsworth voices Pinocchio, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Pinocchio’s guide Jiminy Cricket; Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo as the Blue Fairy; Keegan-Michael Key as “Honest” John; Oscar nominee Lorraine Bracco as the new character, Sofia the Seagull; and Luke Evans as The Coachman. Hanks’ Geppetto is, of course, the wood-carver who builds Pinocchio and treats him as if he were his own son.
This is one of Disney+’s adaptations set to release this year, with the other being released in December and is directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson; it is a stop-motion film. Both stem from the classic novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio, written by Italian author Carlo Collodi published in 1881. It had previously inspired numerous film and TV projects, including Disney’s 1940 classic animated film, Pinocchio.
Robert Zemeckis wrote the script and directed his adaptation with Chris Weitz producing alongside Derek Hogue, Andrew Miano, and Paul Weitz. Jackie Levine, Jack Rapke, Alexandra Derbyshire, and Jeremy Johns served as executive producers.