We've finally got the complete cast for Guillermo del Toro's stop-motion Pinocchio film and it's absolutely loaded with iconic actors.
In the three lead roles are Ewan McGregor as Cricket (aka Jiminy Cricket), David Bradley – of Harry Potter fame – as Gepetto, and "newcomer" Gregory Mann as Pinocchio. Mann certainly is a newcomer, as there's no information on him anywhere, save for a brief and pictureless IMDB listing (opens in new tab) for a Gregory Mann, which lists Pinocchio as one of two roles alongside The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.
Introducing the epic cast of @RealGDT's stop-motion PINOCCHIO film:Newcomer Gregory Mann as PinocchioEwan McGregor as CricketDavid Bradley as GepettoPlus:Tilda SwintonChristoph WaltzFinn WolfhardCate BlanchettJohn TurturroRon PerlmanTim Blake NelsonBurn Gorman pic.twitter.com/Jo5HtfdVc4August 19, 2020
Mysterious newcomer aside, del Toro's Pinocchio is filled to the brim with top-tier celebs, including Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, Christoph Waltz, Ron Perlman, John Turturro (The Big Lebowski), Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Tim Blake Nelson (HBO's Watchmen), and Burn Gorman (Game of Thrones). That's a hell of a lot of well-known actors.
According to Deadline (opens in new tab), del Toro's Pinocchio will be set during the rise of fascism during Mussolini's Italy, where a wooden boy is magically brought to life by a father's wish. "After years of pursuing this dream project, I found my perfect partner in Netflix," says 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."
Del Toro will direct with Mark Gustafson, who's no stranger to stop-motion as he worked on Wes Anderson's The Fantastic Mr. Fox. There's no set release date yet, but stay tuned as we'll update you accordingly. I'm here for the possibility of Ewan McGregor doing an Italian accent…
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