The Tom Hanks Live-Action Pinocchio Film Will Arrive On Disney+ In 2022
The live-action adaptation of Pinocchio that has Tom Hanks set to star has been given a release window of July to September 2022 for a premiere on Disney+. This is one of many live-action adaptations that Disney has been cooking up from their classic film lineup. They are by far strangers to live-action adaptations, but the reboot and live-action craze and Disney has been going all-in for a while now with Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book and with the recent adaptations of Aladdin and The Lion King, plus the magnificent Beauty and the Beast it has paved the way for films like Mulan and Lady and the Tramp. This leaves us with the upcoming Pinocchio adaptation to look forward to along with The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and whatever else Disney has locked up in their vault currently.
The original Pinocchio, which was only the second feature ever made by Walt Disney Studios, premiered in 1940. Adapted from the Italian children’s book The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, it followed the adventures of a living puppet who wishes to be a real boy. The film, among its many iconic elements, introduced the song “When You Wish Upon a Star,” which has become synonymous with the Disney animated film brand.
Hanks will take on the role of Geppetto and will be helmed by Robert Zemeckis and this will bring Hanks and Zemeckis back together again since having worked on The Polar Express. The cast also includes Benjamin Evan Ainsworth who will play the role of Pinocchio, Cynthia Erivo who will portray the Blue Fairy, Luke Evans who will play the Coachman, Keegan-Michael Key John Worthington Foulfellow, Lorraine Bracco as Sofia the Seagull, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jiminiy Cricket.