Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis must have wished on a star, because their dream of a live-action Pinocchio the remake became a reality.
The duo back Cast away and The polar Express have teamed up again for the upcoming remake of Walt Disney’s 1940 animated classic that has terrified generations of children. The first trailer for Zemeckis’ film — premiering September 8 on Disney+ — has just been released, revealing Hanks as Pinocchio’s kindly creator Geppetto, as well as new versions of the Blue Fairy (played by Cynthia Erivo). and Jiminy Cricket (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). (Watch the trailer above.)
Pinocchio is the latest vintage Disney cartoon to be translated into the realm of live action, following hits such as Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book and Guy Ritchie Aladdin as well as failures like Tim Burton’s Dumbo and Niki Karo Mulan. Based on the trailer, Zemeckis stays true to the story and spirit of the original film, while cleverly diversifying the cast to reflect the present day. Hanks certainly looks like his cartoon counterpart, right down to the big gray mustache and the spring in his step.
This new version of Pinocchio has been in the works at the Mouse House for some time. Originally announced in 2015, the film was previously offered to star Sam Mendes as well Paddington Helmer, Paul King. Zemeckis inherited the project in 2019 and quickly contacted Hanks to play the wooden puppet’s “papa.” It’s the actor’s second time reliving the Disney story: he previously played Walt himself in 2013 Saving Mr. Banksa behind-the-scenes dramatization of his creation Mary Poppins.
by Disney Pinocchio arrives on Disney+ shortly before a very different take on the children’s character originally created by 19th-century Italian author Carlo Collodi. Guillermo Del Toro is overseeing an all-new stop-motion version premiering on Netflix later this fall. (Another animated version starring Pauly Shore as Pinocchio—yes, you read that right—was released by Lionsgate earlier this year to critical acclaim.)
“I’ve been very vocal about my admiration and my great, great love for Disney throughout my life, but this is an impulse that actually drives me away from this version,” the Oscar winner. Figure of Water said the manager Vanity fair earlier this year for the puppet duels. “We couldn’t be more different than any other edition Pinocchio to our spiritual or philosophical aims, or even to the setting.’
On Twitter, fans are naturally pitting the multiple Pinocchios of 2022 against each other, with some noting the uncanny valley effect of Zemeckis’ would-be real boy.
Pinocchio premieres September 8 on Disney+