Netflix has finally confirmed the cast for its upcoming stop-motion remake of Pinocchio and, boy, has it been worth the wait.
The streaming platform first revealed its plans to re-make the Disney classic back in 2018, confirming Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro will be at the helm writing, producing and directing the reboot.
Things have been pretty quiet since then when it’s come to updates on the movie’s progress, with whispers of Tom Hanks potentially joining the cast surfacing earlier this month.
And seemingly taking that as their cue to give the fans what they want, Netflix bosses have now confirmed which stars are on board for the remake, set for release in 2021.
‘Introducing the epic cast of @RealGDT’s stop-motion PINOCCHIO film,’ Netflix Film tweeted, before listing its leading roles.
Newcomer Gregory Mann will be playing the lead role of Pinocchio, while Ewan McGregor will star as Cricket – a take on Jiminy Cricket.
David Bradley, best known for playing Filch in Harry Potter and Walder Frey in Game Of Thrones – is Gepetto, the woodcarver who creates Pinocchio.
The musical reboot has been described as ‘a story of love and disobedience as Pinocchio struggles to live up to his father’s expectations’.
Director Del Toro, meanwhile, has said his excitement at finally getting to create a remake of the animation that follows Pinocchio – a wooden puppet who believes he’s a ‘real boy’.
Revealing his love for the character, Del Toro has previously said he has a ‘personal connection’ with Pinocchio in a statement shared with Variety.
The filmmaker said: ‘No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio.
‘In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world.
Del Toro added: ‘I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember.’
Fans can expect the reboot to take a slightly different direction, as Del Toro has said in the past that he’d like to explore the darker sides to Pinocchio – giving it a more Frankenstein vibe – while speaking about his vision for the film back in 2012.
Disney’s animation of Pinocchio was first released way back when in 1940 and was re-released seven times over the years, with the last release taking place in 1992.
Pinocchio is set to land on Netflix in 2021.
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