It was first announced that Disney was looking at Tom Hanks to star in the highly anticipated film in August 2020. At the time, Deadline reported that after reading the initial script, the entertainment industry legend was on board to play the iconic wood carver. Months later, when announcing all their upcoming releases, Disney+ confirmed that Tom would indeed star as Geppetto. “One of Disney’s all-time classics is coming to #DisneyPlus with the new live-action retelling of Pinocchio, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Robert Zemeckis,” Walt Disney Studios’ official Twitter account shared in December 2020, alongside a first look at the film.
Months later, The Hollywood Reporter revealed in March 2021 that the movie had found its title character. Benjamin Evan Ainsworth is set to voice Pinocchio, according to the publication. “It’s official … I am so excited and honored to be working on this movie!” the young star shared via Instagram following the announcement.
THR also announced some other exciting casting news for the film, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jiminy Cricket! “This is an incredible dream come true,” the actor wrote on Instagram.
When it comes to filming, the publication reported that production is set to star in the U.K. in March 2021. Ever since the movie was first announced, fans have been on the edge of their seats waiting to see who exactly will be taking on these iconic roles. Now that there’s some answers, we hope to see some pictures from the set in the near future. Naturally, Disney has kept the film’s details pretty under wraps thus far, but J-14 broke down everything we know about the live-action Pinocchio, which is set to premiere via Disney+ on September 8, 2022.
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