Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cynthia Erivo join Disney+ Pinocchio remake
James R | On 30, Jan 2021
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Cynthia Erivo are leading a new wave of additions to the cast of Disney’s live-action remake of Pinocchio.
The film, which was announced last year, will once again tell the classic story of a wooden puppet who comes to life and, with the help of a certain cricket as his moral conscience, tries to prove himself worthy of becoming a real boy.
Robert Zemeckis is directing the film (and co-writing it with Chris Weitz), with Tom Hanks already set to play Gepetto and Luke Evans set to play The Coachman.
Now, the ensemble’s getting some added star power, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt cast as Jiminy Cricket and Cynthia Erivo cast as the Blue Fairy. Other additions include Benjamin Evan Ainsworth (Flora and Ulysses) as the voice of Pinocchio, Keegan-Michael Key as the voice of Honest John, and Lorraine Bracco as the voice of Sofia the Seagull, a new character.
Production on the project will begin this month in the UK, with the film set to debut on Disney+.
Luke Evans joins Tom Hanks in Disney+ Pinocchio remake
30th January 2021
Luke Evans has joined the cast of Disney’s live-action Pinocchio remake.
The film, which was announced last year, will once again tell the classic story of a wooden puppet who comes to life and, with the help of a certain cricket as his moral conscience, tries to prove himself worthy of becoming a real boy. The 1940 animation is not the only adaptation of the 1883 novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, and Disney’s new take on the tale comes as several other filmmakers adapt the story, including Guillermo del Toro making a stop-motion version for Netflix and Matteo Garrone releasing his own live-action incarnation.
Disney, though, has undoubted star power to back up its animated legacy, with Robert Zemeckis directing the film (and also co-writing it with Chris Weitz) and Tom Hanks set to play Gepetto. As well as the Castaway and Forrest Gump duo reuniting, the project will also mark a reunion between Zemeckis and composer Alan Silvestri, who worked with the director on The Polar Express.
Now, there’s some added star power joining the project, with Deadline reporting that Evans will play The Coachman in the film. Evans is no stranger to the House of Mouse, having memorably played Gaston in the live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
Disney confirmed at its Investor Day in December that Pinocchio will debut on Disney+ not in cinemas. Production on the film is expected to begin this spring.