Guillermo Del Toro’s long-term passion project, Pinocchio, has found its cast… and it’s star-studded, to say the least.
On Wednesday, Netflix tweeted that the stop-motion animated Netflix Original Film will star Ewan McGregor as Cricket, and will introduce us to Gregory Mann as Pinnochio, who up until this point has only appeared in the 2019 musical, Cats. Pinocchio will also star David Bradley (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter) as Gepetto, alongside other big names such as Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman, and Ron Perlman.
The cast is set to be directed by the aforementioned Guillermo Del Toro alongside Fantastic Mr. Fox director Mark Gustafson. French composer Alexandre Desplat (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Little Women) will be responsible for the score.
This adaptation of Pinocchio has been mentioned by the Academy Award-winning director on many occasion, having finally found its home with Netflix
Despite being stop-motion and a musical, this will be a darker and more mature take on the children’s novel. It will be set during the rise of fascism in Italy under Mussolini’s regime. According to Netflix, we are to expect “a story of love and disobedience as Pinocchio struggles to live up to his father’s expectations.”
Pinocchio began shooting in Oregon last autumn, and it seems as though the production has not been affected by current events, so hopefully there will be more news soon.