Disney is once again tugging on our nostalgic heartstrings with its latest venture into live-action cinema. This time, as you may have heard, it’s re-creating 1940s classic Pinocchio with a catalog of mighty impressive actors stepping in to take on the roles many of us know so well. If you’re wondering what you can expect from Pinocchio’s 2022 live-action revival, here’s everything we know so far.
Pinocchio 2022, what’s the story?
We’ve seen a few iterations of this story on the big screen at this point. The Pinocchio film was resurfaced in 1996, 2002 and 2019. So what makes Pinocchio 2022 different?
At this point, we don’t know all that much about the approach this film will take. But in terms of basic premise, it looks like the classic structure will be the same as it ever was.
Disney’s current description of the film is:
Academy Award® winner Robert Zemeckis directs this live-action retelling of the beloved tale of a wooden puppet who embarks on a thrilling adventure to become a real boy.
Not much to go off just yet.
Pinocchio 2022: cast announcements
This is where things get kind of exciting. The cast lineup for Pinocchio 2022 is honestly pretty spectacular.
Everyone’s best friend (but mostly my best friend) Tom Hanks has stepped into the role of woodcarver Geppetto who goes on to become Pinocchio’s papa. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is voicing anthropomorphic cricket and Pinocchio’s guide or conscious, Jiminy Cricket. Cynthia Erivo plays the ethereal Blue Fairy who brings Pinocchio to life. And Benjamin Evan Ainsworth has been cast as our main man (or boy) Pinocchio.
Other significant casting updates include Keegan-Michael Key as the voice of dubious fox Honest John, Lorraine Bracco as the voice of new character Sofia the Seagull, Luke Evans as The Coachman and Sheila Atim as Signora Vitelli.
Pinocchio 2022: First looks at the film
While we’re limited on details for the moment, there has been a small peek at what we can expect from Pinocchio 2022 in the terms of a first-look image.
In it we see Geppetto (Hanks) looking lovingly at his little boy puppet Pinocchio in his workshop.
Pinocchio 2022: Trailer and Release date?
The filming for the film began on the 31st of January, 2020 in Portland, Oregon, and concluded within a period of five months. The film was announced to be released in the year 2021. But currently, it is shifted to 2022 due to a pandemic. Here’s the official trailer that has been released by Disney!
Check out the trailer here:
In an interview, studio execs confirmed that “Pinocchio” is expected to air on Disney+ sometime between July and September 2022.
It’s currently unclear whether “Pinocchio” will be offered on Disney+ for free or with a viewing fee, only that the film will be landing on the streaming platform on Day 1 of its release.