LOS ANGELES: Netflix has announced the cast for the new Pinocchio stop-motion animated musical to be directed by Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro.
The streaming site said that newcomer Gregory Mann will assume the title role along with Ewan McGregor as Cricket and David Bradley as Geppetto.
Other cast members include Oscar winners Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett. Finn Wolfhard, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson and Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman will have roles in the film as well.
“After years of pursuing this dream project, I found my perfect partner in Netflix,” del Toro said in a statement. “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.”
Pinocchio will be based on Carlo Collodi’s tale. The musical will follow the journey of a wooden boy who is magically brought to life by a puppet maker’s wish.
The story will be set during the rise of fascism in Mussolini’s Italy. The film is set to debut in theaters and on Netflix next year.
Introducing the epic cast of @RealGDT‘s stop-motion PINOCCHIO film:
Newcomer Gregory Mann as Pinocchio
Ewan McGregor as Cricket
David Bradley as Gepetto
Tim Blake Nelson
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— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) August 19, 2020