Disney’s live-action adaptation of Pinocchio is almost here

Will this be the realest version we've ever seen of the beloved puppet boy? - By Jessica G. Lynch
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It looks like the prayers of Pinocchio himself are being answered, for Disney has once more adapted the beloved tale of the titular character, and there is a live-action adaptation of the classic soon to be released.

WATCH: Pinocchio live action 2022 trailer

Joining the likes of Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin as the next originally-animated Disney feature to achieve live-action-remake status, Pinocchio is getting a ‘real boy’ makeover in 2022. And boy, are we excited.

Based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, both the 1940 animated version and the upcoming live-action version follow the story of Tuscan woodcarver Geppetto who wishes upon a star for a son which then sees a puppet he’d crafted come to life.

The puppet boy, Pinocchio, proceeds on a quest to become ‘real’ yet is met with challenges of truth and morality along the way. (Now’s your cue, Jiminy Cricket!).

And if the teaser trailer – featuring Tom Hanks as Geppetto wishing upon a star and a visit from Cynthia Erivo as the Blue Fairy – is anything to go off, we’re all in for a big nostalgia-inducing treat.

(Cynthia Erivo as the Blue Fairy. Source: Pinocchio/Disney+.)

Who is cast in Pinocchio 2022?

Child actor Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, best known for Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor, voices Pinocchio – starring across from international treasure Tom Hanks as woodcarver Geppetto, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jiminy Cricket’s voice.

Tony, Grammy and Emmy award-winning Cynthia Erivo portrays The Blue Fairy, while Keegan-Michael Key voices Honest John and Luke Evans plays The Coachman.

Is Pinocchio 2022 on Disney+?

Along with Cars on the Road, Wedding Season and Growing Up, Pinocchio is one of the titles set to premiere exclusively on Disney+ as part of Disney+ Day celebrations on 8 September. You can sign up here to stream Pinocchio.


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