After years of working on a stop-motion version of Pinocchio, Guillermo del Toro has finally found a home for it with Netflix. Now, we finally have news on the cast of the upcoming animated film with Netflix announcing that Pinocchio will be voiced by “newcomer Gregory Mann”.
Joining Mann is Ewan McGregor (Doctor Sleep) as Cricket and David Bradley (Harry Potter) as Geppetto. The rest of the cast for the stop-motion film includes Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange), Christoph Waltz, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett (Thor: Ragnarok), John Turturro, Ron Perlmann, Tim Blake Nelson, and Burn Gorman. Their roles are as of yet unannounced but we will definitely love to see Swinton star as Pinocchio’s fairy godmother.
According to Netflix, del Toro’s Pinocchio will be set during the rise of Fascism in Mussolini’s Italy and will be a musical about “love and disobedience as Pinocchio struggles to live up to his father’s expectations.”
“After years of pursuing this dream project, I found my perfect partner in Netflix,” said del Toro. “We have spent a long time curating a remarkable cast and crew and have been blessed by continuous support from Netflix to quietly and carefully soldier on, barely missing a beat. We all love and practice animation with great passion and believe it to be the ideal medium to retell this classic story in a completely new way.”
He will be directing the film alongside Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox), with a script co-written by del Toro and Patrick McHale (Adventure Time). The Shape of Water composer Alexandre Desplat will be composing the music score for the film.
Aside from del Toro’s stop-motion Pinocchio film, it was also recently reported that Disney is in talks with Tom Hanks to star in its live-action film adaptation.